Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Gordon, Cambria

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 285 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 386822 ISBN: 9781338853827
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Jews -- United States -- Fiction
 World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction
 Holocaust, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
 Mathematicians -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

As the United States enters World War II, seventeen-year-old Eleanor wants to do something to help her Jewish relatives in Poland, so she puts her brilliant math skills to work for the US army to fine-tune a top-secret weapon that will help defeat the enemy.

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/24)
   School Library Journal (00/04/24)

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School Library Journal - 04/01/2024 Gr 6 Up—This novel opens with peppy song lyrics, artfully changed to include mathematical terminology. That's this book in a nutshell: a deftly handled story, presenting intense military and mathematical strategy in a digestible way. It's the tale of 17-year-old Eleanor Schiff, a fictionalized version of the real women used to compute missile ballistics during World War II. She's a young Jewish American woman used to hiding her math skills, out of guilt for an unfortunate family tragedy. The army discovers her gifts and recruits her, sending Eleanor on a cross-country journey of undercover math. Her journeys reveal how people can go about their normal lives, even with atrocities happening around them. There's also no timidness about the raw underbelly of American bigotry against just about everyone. Eleanor squirms at casual racism against German Americans, fights against her Black coworker's mistreatment, and startles at hate speech from soldiers. One of her friends points out that, "fighting words are becoming acceptable. Normalized, even." Readers may find that sounds eerily similar to the present. But Eleanor's story shows what can happen when a single person perseveres. Thrillingly paced, this novel not only makes math exciting but also connects the past to today while urging for constant progression. VERDICT A fast-paced journey through STEM and WWII history.—Cat McCarrey - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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