Bound To Stay Bound

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 Whole sky
 Author: Henson, Heather

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 235 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 439947 ISBN: 9781442414051
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7

 Horses -- Fiction
 Human-animal communication -- Fiction
 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Veterinary medicine -- Fiction
 Farm life -- Fiction
 Grief -- Fiction
 Irish Travellers (Nomadic people) -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

Twelve-year-old Sky, a horse whisperer like her father, must put her own troubles aside when a devastating sickness strikes the foals at the multimillion dollar horse farms where they work.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 190580
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 71806

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/17)
   School Library Journal (05/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 4–8—Sky Traveler's whole life revolves around horses. But Sky's mom recently died from cancer, and her dad has been less focused on caring for the horses and more on drinking. To make matters worse, there is a mysterious sickness affecting all of the pregnant mares on Shaughnessy farm, and Sky's gift of understanding horses has not helped save any of the stillborn foals. Sky is a likable character who is the most well-developed member of the cast. Her grappling with her father's alcoholism and mother's death is handled gently, and she is resilient yet relatable. Her ability to communicate with horses is treated less as magic and more as an unquestioned skill, which works well to propel the narrative forward. The plot moves quickly, and the mystery of the mares' health issues coupled with Sky's personal relationships will keep readers interested until the end. Supporting characters could use some additional depth, as some of their stories come off as unrealized. VERDICT Recommended for equestrian enthusiasts.—Ellen Norton, Naperville Public Library, IL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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