Bound To Stay Bound

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 First state of being
 Author: Kelly, Erin Entrada

 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 253 p., map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 512294 ISBN: 9780063337312
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Time travel -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Single-parent families -- Fiction
 Filipino Americans -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

When Ridge, a time-traveling teenager from the future, gets trapped in 1999, he befriends Michael, a lonely twelve-year-old boy, changing the course of their lives forever.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 522284

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/24)
   School Library Journal (02/01/24)
   Booklist (01/01/24)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/24)
 The Hornbook (00/05/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2024 Gr 3–5—Kelly returns with another solid middle grade novel exploring themes of time travel and personal responsibility. In 1999, anxiety-ridden 12-year-old Michael, in the throes of prepping for a potential disaster thanks to Y2K, happens upon a teen named Ridge, who is strangely dressed and speaks in unfamiliar phrases. Ridge has traveled back in time from 2199 thanks to his mother's scientific work and a dare from his siblings. Although the opportunity to know any and all future outcomes is irresistible to Michael, he understands he must help Ridge get home. Small bumps in logic and pacing are this story's only issues. The loss of a kindly mentor throws a wrench into the rhythm, with the urgency of Ridge's return set aside for a stretch that feels longer than the number of pages it takes to read. However, Kelly has deftly assembled a community of empathetically rendered characters, making this an enjoyable, uplifting reading experience. The elements of sci-fi will be enough to sate fans of the genre while remaining approachable for all audiences. VERDICT A lovable cast buoys this time travel drama by one of the most reliable authors in children's literature.—Alexandra Quay - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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