Bound To Stay Bound

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 Truth with a capital T
 Author: Hegedus, Bethany

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press
 Pub Year: 2010

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 263 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 434055 ISBN: 9780385738378
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Individuality -- Fiction
 Adoption -- Fiction
 Cousins -- Fiction
 Grandparents -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Staying with her grandparents for the summer while her parents are on a book tour, Maebelle tries to find her true talent and competes with her newly adopted African American cousin.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 140398
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 52211

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/10)
   School Library Journal (12/01/10)
   Booklist (10/01/10)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (01/11)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/01/2010 Hopefully, Maebelle can get the summer she needs in tiny Tweadle, Georgia, enjoying time with her doting, fun-loving grandparents while her parents go on a book tour. Maebelle feels she has no talents (she was cut from her school’s gifted program) and just wants to escape into her amazing fact book and try to impress the world with her erudition. When her newly adopted cousin, Isaac, shows up for the summer, her hopes are dashed. Isaac is a charming trumpet prodigy with a knack for attracting positive attention. Then the cousins discover their inherited antebellum mansion is full of family secrets in addition to containing a gold mine of evidence about the Underground Railroad. Hegedus nicely blends the historic background with the contemporary strand as Maebelle’s confidence slowly grows in this strong story about peer competition, race in a small town, and coming to terms with family history. - Copyright 2010 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 12/01/2010 Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Maebelle is excited about spending the summer in rural Georgia with her grandparents, who are country music singers, until she discovers that her adopted African-American cousin, Isaac, who is a 10-year-old trumpet prodigy, has also been invited. Maebelle's grandparents have inherited a home from an eccentric aunt who locked one wing of the house to hide a family secret. Maebelle desperately wants to uncover the mystery but is strictly forbidden to enter the area. The story begins slowly as the cousins vie for their grandparents' attention and play with friends and neighbors. The last few chapters reveal the secret, which is connected to the original owners of the house, their slaves, and the Underground Railroad. The real story isn't so much the mystery but the two very different cousins learning to get along and appreciate one another. The children are fairly well developed, and the grandparents are believable. However, the author has tried to make the characters sound Southern in their speech, but has done it in a way that detracts from the story rather than enhancing it.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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