Bound To Stay Bound

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 Garvey's choice : the graphic novel
 Author: Grimes, Nikki

 Publisher:  Wordsong, (2023)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 141 p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 402533 ISBN: 9781662660023
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Graphic novels
 Father-son relationship -- Fiction
 Hobbies -- Fiction
 Singing -- Fiction

Price: $19.08

When Garvey joins the chorus at school his newly discovered talent for singing gives him both the confidence to accept himself and a language his father will finally understand--the language of music. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Taylor, Theodore
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 520841

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (06/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/23)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/05/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2023 Gr 4–9—Garvey wants to connect with his father, but feels as though his dad can't accept him for who he is; Dad wants Garvey to be an athlete like his sister, Angela. But Garvey, who is Black, loves astronomy and chess; he escapes into science fiction to make himself feel better. Garvey's dad and sister criticize his eating habits, adding to insecurities he feels as a result of bullying at school related to his weight. His best friend Joe, who is also Black, is caring and supportive; a new friend, Manny, who has albinism, helps Garvey learn to ignore bullying and "crank up the inside volume." Joe encourages Garvey to try out for chorus; singing boosts his confidence and gives him a way to connect with his dad, who used to be in a band. Some of Grimes's original tanka poems have been adjusted, but the novel in verse adapts beautifully to the graphic novel format, and Taylor's art emphasizes the imaginative, poignant, painful, and joyful aspects in turn. Starry night sky illustrations, with characters outlined in white, are striking. Taylor often shows Garvey regarding himself in a mirror, and readers can see how Garvey's feelings about his appearance change throughout. VERDICT This format will attract new readers to a poetic, powerful story of growth. Highly recommended.—Jenny Arch - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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