Bound To Stay Bound

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 Braver than brave
 Author: Sumner Johnson, Janet

 Publisher:  Capstone Editions (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 492874 ISBN: 9781684465002
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Courage -- Fiction
 Roller coasters -- Fiction
 Peer pressure -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Wanda wants to be brave like her big brother, but she really does not like the Coaster of Doom at the local amusement park--and standing up to peer pressure is also a way to be brave.

 Illustrator: Jung, Eunji
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 516981

   School Library Journal (08/26/22)

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School Library Journal - 08/26/2022 Gr 2–4—Wanda's brother is brave. Wanda wants to be just like him, but she is scared of the activities he enjoys, like swinging on a rope swing or traversing monkey bars. However, Wanda wants to prove herself. Can she be brave enough to ride the Coaster of Doom next summer? Wanda practices being brave, but she is still scared of the Coaster when the time rolls around. Her brother and friends encourage her to do it despite her fear—or are they pressuring her? Wanda makes the brave choice to not ride the roller coaster despite what everyone else wants to do. The picture book upends readers' expectations. On the surface, it may seem like a book about learning to be brave enough to follow what others are doing, but it turns out that is not what Wanda wants at all. The story allows her the agency to choose, and it respects her choice. Wanda and her brother have brown skin and dark hair, while there are other skin tones represented in the book. The vibrant artwork features relatable characters with round faces, big eyes, and expressive mouths. Back matter includes ideas of how readers can find their own brand of bravery. VERDICT Charming and modern. A must-add for most collections and necessary for the SEL shelves.—Chance Lee Joyner - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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