Bound To Stay Bound

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 Kindness for weakness
 Author: Goodman, Shawn

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 261 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 385874 ISBN: 9780385743242
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Juvenile detention homes -- Fiction
 Child abuse -- Fiction
 Self-esteem -- Fiction
 Brothers -- Fiction
 Drug dealers -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

A fifteen-year-old boy from an abusive home desperately seeking his older brother's love and approval starts pushing drugs for him and suffers the consequences.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 164620
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 6.60
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 61180

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/13)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/06/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2013 Gr 8 Up—In this gut-wrenching narrative of loneliness and anger, disillusion and hope, 15-year-old James desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged older brother, Louis, and agrees to deliver drugs to several clients. When he is arrested, he is abandoned by Louis and sent to a juvenile detention facility where intimidation, abuse, and violence among guards and inmates are daily occurrences. As James struggles to find his own voice and reconcile his feelings about his negligent brother and mother, he begins to realize that everyone can make choices about how they live and treat others. James is comforted by letters from a favorite English teacher, reading Jack London's The Sea Wolf, and the encouragement of a guard who teaches him to lift weights. In a climactic confrontation, he sheds his passive demeanor and attacks a cruel guard who is relentlessly punishing a gay inmate friend. In retaliation, James is brutally beaten by two guards. The unexpected intervention of a staff nurse brings paramedics who airlift James to a hospital and to a "second chance." Despite the harsh, stark circumstances of his broken home and the upstate New York detention center, James becomes more than a survivor. His nonaggressive disposition provokes contempt but enables him to see more clearly vulnerabilities and injustices around him. Like Shavonne in Goodman's Something Like Hope (Delacorte, 2010), James must set his own course in life and find supportive adults. Gripping action, gritty dialogue, vivid characters, and palpable tension permeate the brief chapters of James's powerful, honest, compelling narrative.—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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