Bound To Stay Bound

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 Half a world away
 Author: Kadohata, Cynthia

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 225 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 505382 ISBN: 9781442412750
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Adoption -- Fiction
 Intercountry adoption -- Fiction
 Emotional problems -- Fiction
 Abandoned children -- Fiction
 Love -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 168464
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 63858

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/14)
   Booklist (+) (07/01/14)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/14)
 The Hornbook (00/11/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2014 *Starred Review* Jaden is fascinated by electricity, which always relaxes him. And relaxation is important to the 12-year-old who was abandoned by his mother when he was 4 and adopted from Romania when he was 8. He has been told by doctors that he is a textbook case of a troubled, older adopted child: he has set fires, hoards food, steals, lies, sleeps on the floor instead of in a bed, and, worst of all, seems incapable of feeling love. And now his American parents are taking him along as they fly half a world away to Kazakhstan, where they plan to adopt a baby. How is Jaden to feel about this? And, once there, what will happen after he bonds not with the baby but with a special needs child at the adoption facility? Newbery medalist and National Book Award winner Kadohata has written a remarkable, insightful study of a troubled boy, the challenging circumstances in which he finds himself, and his painful journey to bonding and, perhaps, to love. Along the way, she has given readers a candid and often disturbing look at the adoption process in a remote country, while her memorable novel is further enriched by the depth of her characterizations; even minor characters come alive on the page. Thought provoking and emotionally engaging, this is wholly satisfying. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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