Bound To Stay Bound

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 Wait till Helen comes : a ghost story graphic novel
 Author: Hahn, Mary Downing

 Publisher:  Clarion (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 147 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 410657 ISBN: 9780358536901
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Ghosts -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Stepfamilies -- Fiction

Price: $21.18

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom. In graphic novel format.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Peterson, Scott
Badgett, Russ
 Illustrator: Laxton, Meredith
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 517542

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/22)
   School Library Journal (10/28/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/28/2022 Gr 4–6—A classic children's thriller receives an eerie graphic novel retelling that hits all the right notes. Siblings Molly and Michael have tried bridging the divide between them and their young stepsister, Heather, whose trauma at losing her mother in a fire that almost took her own life shows itself in hostile behavior. The family moves into a rural country church with a backyard graveyard, where Heather claims to befriend a ghost named Helen, who died in a fire in 1880. Heather tells Michael and Molly that Helen will make them pay for mistreating Heather "when she comes," and Molly discovers that Helen is all too real and has sinister motivations that will put Heather's life at risk unless someone intervenes. VERDICT Laxton and Peterson create a chilling and faithful adaptation of Hahn's original novel, with creepy imagery, an eerie blue and purple palette, and solid pacing between dialogue and omniscient narration. Characters are realistically human and present as white. —Rosemary Kiladitis - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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