Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Haas, Jessie

 Publisher:  Boyds Mills Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 189 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 409000 ISBN: 9781629798806
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Horses -- Fiction
 Farms -- Fiction
 Animal welfare -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

When animal rights activist Chess moves near Joni, their differing opinions have Joni defending her family's farm, and she must find the courage to stand up to Chess when she decides to "rescue" the miniature horses from a nearby farm.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 194122
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 73235

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/18)
   School Library Journal (03/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/05/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old Joni lives on a sheep farm with her family and her spirited horse, Archie. Joni's family lives a simple life, shearing sheep, making cheese, and taking care of their farm. Joni often feels left out, even at horse camp. When Chess moves in next door, it seems like Joni will have a built-in friend. Chess, however, is different from anyone Joni has ever known: Chess is a vegan and an animal rights activist. When she questions Joni about eating cheese, whether the sheep are happy, or if Archie wants to be ridden, Joni must think about things in an entirely new way. When Chess releases a neighbor's miniature horses, one of the horses becomes injured. Joni has to decide how to stand up to her new friend and still maintain the friendship. Haas is an expert on all things horse and farm, bringing authenticity and informative details to her novels. Joni is a relatable character, and the themes around animal rights and sustainable farming are timely. VERDICT A great read for kids who like horses and/or are environmentally conscious. Recommended to fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan's Riding Freedom.—Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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