Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Hale, Bruce

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 243 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 412026 ISBN: 9781338645910
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Twelve-year-old Parker Pitts doesn't have time for a dog. But with his older sister gone off to college, Parker also has to add Boof, her obnoxious, untrained goldendoodle, to his list of things to manage. The two clash, and an intense round of tug-of-war leaves both dog and boy with bumped heads. The next morning, Parker and Boof wake up with switched bodies. How are they going to reverse the swap?

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 512947

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/21)
   School Library Journal (04/23/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/23/2021 Gr 4–8Freaky Friday meets Dr. Doolittle in this story of learning to see things from a different perspective. Parker can't stand his sister's dog Boof. He is messy, never listens, and seems to live to destroy everything important to Parker. When his sister Billie leaves for an amazing opportunity, it falls to Parker to take care of Boof while she is gone. To say it does not go well would be an understatement. After fighting with a statue that belonged to Parker's grandmother, both boy and dog awake to find themselves trapped in each other's bodies. Misunderstandings and comically impossible situations ensue, with Boof and Parker finding common ground and learning that neither of them always has it easy. The plot is predictable but funny all the same. Underlying themes of loss drive the story towards resolution and understanding. Secondary characters never see development and serve as space fillers for Parker and Boof. The story is well written with nice pacing throughout. VERDICT An easy and pleasant, if slightly formulaic, departure from the typical "boy and his dog" story for upper elementary and middle school students.—Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford Coll., TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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