Bound To Stay Bound

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 When friendship followed me home
 Author: Griffin, Paul

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 247 p., ill., 22 cm.

 BTSB No: 402118 ISBN: 9780803738164
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Cancer -- Fiction
 Adoption -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $20.88

Seventh-grader Ben, always an outsider, is led into a deep friendship with Halley, who is being treated for cancer, by the special dog he and his adoptive mother take in.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 182436
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 68966

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/16)
   School Library Journal (00/04/16)
   Booklist (07/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/05/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2016 Big, difficult changes lie in wait for Ben Coffin. YA novelist Griffin tries his hand at middle-grade fiction, juggling a dizzying number of plot points and characters, including a bully, a helpful librarian, and a girl in rainbow-bright clothes, named Halley, who is writing a novel about the boardwalk circa 1905. Most important, though, there’s a scruffy dog who attaches himself to Ben. Through a number of disappointments and tragedies, Flip helps Ben cope. This is a multi-tissue read—Ben’s kind adoptive mom dies, leaving Ben no choice but to live with Jeanie, her fussy but well-meaning sister, and Jeanie’s partner, Leo, who has alcohol and anger issues. Then Halley suffers a setback against the cancer she’s fighting. Ben, a former foster child, has dealt with loss before, but now the amount is overwhelming, and it’s Flip who helps see him through. Griffin’s characters are unique and charmingly multidimensional. Readers looking for a deep read will take to this story as quickly as Flip takes to Ben. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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