Bound To Stay Bound

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 Rambler steals home
 Author: Higgins, Carter

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 213 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 443412 ISBN: 9780544602014
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7

 Subjects:
 Home -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Baseball -- Fiction
 Summer -- Fiction

Price: $20.76

Summary:
Returning each summer to small town Ridge Creek, Virginia, where her father sells concessions after the minor league baseball games, eleven-year-old Derby Christmas Clark longs for a permanent home as she reconnects with grandmotherly June and uncovers hidden secrets.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.80
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 189282
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 6.60
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 69500

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/16)
   Booklist (12/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2016 Derby Clark is used to road life, as she, her father, and younger brother, Triple, travel in their RV through settings and seasons. But 11-year-old Derby most loves spending summers in Ridge Creek, Virginia, selling concessions near the baseball stadium and watching Rockskippers’ games. While she must contend with snooty girls Betsy and Lollie, she’s also able to be with longtime friends, including Marcus and June. This summer though, joy is tempered with sorrow, as the close-knit community grieves June’s husband’s death. But it’s also a time of growth, healing, and new perspectives, as Derby progressively discovers the multifaceted meanings of friendship, family, and home. Vibrant, engaging Derby and her descriptive first-person narrative, full of lively and poignant touches, are compelling and affecting, from how her family copes with her own mother’s absence to vividly portraying small-town life with a nostalgic and timeless feel. The abundant baseball elements reinforce the themes of finding strength in coming together, even in the face of loss. A heartfelt, immersive debut, perfect for sports fans. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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