Bound To Stay Bound

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 Lion of Mars
 Author: Holm, Jennifer L.

 Publisher:  Random House (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 259 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 459962 ISBN: 9780593121818
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Science fiction
 Mars (Planet) -- Fiction
 Viruses -- Fiction
 Space colonies -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When a mysterious virus breaks out in the U.S. settlement on Mars, Bell and his friends must work together to save not just their home, but all the other international settlements on the planet.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.00
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 510697

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (01/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/03/21)

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Booklist - 01/01/2021 *Starred Review* In the year 2091, 11-year-old Bell leads a mundane life in America’s small, underground settlement on Mars, along with a handful of adults and other orphaned children. He knows little of Earth and its various life-forms and cultures, a fact not helped by his home’s self-imposed isolation from the nearby settlements of other nations, sparked by a mysterious incident, years before, that resulted in an American’s death. Holm moves slowly in the first half, exploring Bell’s quiet, day-to-day existence on the red planet as he worries over friendships, does chores, and begins to ask questions about his expanding awareness of the universe he inhabits. The excitement ratchets up when the children make an unauthorized excursion in a rover, curiosity driving them to peek in on neighboring settlements and voice growing doubts about their separation. The point comes to a head when a virus infects all of the American adults, forcing the kids to seek aid from their neighbors. The plot and setting are elegantly simple, yet the story proves completely engaging, driven by a charming cast of gentle characters and, more so, by Holm’s lean, measured prose, which moves briskly and seems to strike a resonant note on every page. An unexpectedly cozy work of sf—celebrating science, community, and cooperation—that will have readers feeling right at home on Mars.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling, three-time Newbery Honor Book author Holm is as popular as ever in the wake of her Sunny graphic novels, and her dip into sf—with a plot that happens to feature an unchecked virus—is timely. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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