Bound To Stay Bound

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 Deepest breath
 Author: Grehan, Meg

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 186 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 401153 ISBN: 9780358354758
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Novels in verse
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Self-acceptance -- Fiction
 Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- Fiction
 Lesbians -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Struggling with her feelings for a female classmate, an eleven-year-old Irish girl tries to confide in her mother, the person she trusts most in the world.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 510715

   Booklist (+) (02/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2021 *Starred Review* This poignant novel in verse tells of 11-year-old Stevie, an Irish girl who loves acquiring all kinds of knowledge. She’s especially proud of her learning skills, so when she encounters matters for which she has no answers, her emotional world is turned upside down. One such topic is her recurring nightmares, which often seem to be triggered by school anxiety and her father’s leaving. The other, more pressing subject is the confusing feelings she has for her friend, Chloe. What follows is a winter adventure of self-discovery and queer-identity questioning, with plenty of support from her single-parent Mum, her friend Andrew, and an unexpected ally of a librarian. Chapter headers use sea-themed typography to allude to Stevie’s drowning emotional state as her story unfolds and she nervously learns about two great unknowns, the ocean and crushes. For a child so focused on tangible facts, this type of love is a puzzle, and this novel asks big questions about representation and the lifelong process of healing, exploring how a child can choose to come out when they have no queer role models. Grehan brings a likable voice to her young protagonist, and readers will be rooting for Stevie in all of her endeavors. A heartwarming and tear-provoking coming-of-age novel, brimming with empathy and a child’s imagination. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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