Bound To Stay Bound

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 Enemy : Detroit, 1954
 Author: Holbrook, Sara

 Publisher:  Calkins Creek (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 256 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 456538 ISBN: 9781629794983
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Middle school students -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Cold War -- Fiction
 Nineteen fifties -- Fiction
 Detroit (Mich.) -- Fiction

Price: $22.56

Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl's struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 188157

   School Library Journal (00/02/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 Gr 5–8—One aspect of becoming an adult—and a dominant theme in this book—is developing the understanding that our perceptions of the truth can be wrong. Marjorie is 12 years old and lives in 1950s Detroit. Not only is her family affected by the fear of communism but her father still struggles as a result of his time fighting in World War II. When Inga Scholtz, a new student from Germany, is seated next to Marjorie in class, the protagonist begins to grapple with her preconceptions and prejudices. Furthering Marjorie's anxiety and confusion, her friends create the "Slam Book" to shame Inga. When everything comes to a head, Marjorie learns that true bravery is standing up to those who use prejudice and untruth to bully and humiliate others. Marjorie is a young woman living in a time when biased opinions are too easily distorted into fact. Holbrook uses her own firsthand knowledge, from her childhood in the 1950s, to demonstrate the impact that the outside political and social climate has on Marjorie and her family. Read-alikes include Christine Kohler's No Surrender Soldier, Monika Schröder's My Brother's Shadow, and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's Making Bombs for Hitler. VERDICT A fine example of historical fiction for middle school readers. This will tie in to most curricula and is a good choice for any public or school library collection.—Meaghan Nichols, Archaeological Research Associates, Ont. - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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