Bound To Stay Bound

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 Year we fell from space
 Author: King, A. S.

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 262 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 518995 ISBN: 9781338236361
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mental depression -- Fiction
 Meteorites -- Fiction
 Divorce -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Parent-child relationship -- Fiction
 Bullies -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Middle schooler Liberty likes to make her own maps of the stars, in fact she is obsessed with them, especially since her family is falling apart; her parents are getting divorced, her nine-year-old sister will barely leave the house and carries a stuffed tiger at all times, her father is suffering from depression, but will not talk about it, and the brothers down the street, once friends, have turned into bullies--so when a tiny meteorite literally falls in her lap it is like a sign, but a sign of what?

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 504473
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 77538

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/19)
   School Library Journal (10/01/19)
   Booklist (+) (08/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/10/19)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/11/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2019 *Starred Review* Twelve-year-old Liberty learns that her dad suffers from depression—and begins feeling her own symptoms—throughout the year of her parents’ divorce. As a young astronomer, Liberty had always found comfort in drawing original star maps, and it was her dream to change the way people see the heavens, but she leaves her hobby behind as she sinks into a morass of anger and confusion. When she asks the stars to reunite her parents, they answer by sending a meteorite crashing into her backyard. The heavy rock becomes her sounding board as she grapples with her father’s new lifestyle, her mom and little sister’s own fallout, and the fact that reconciliation won’t happen. This is a deeply emotional book, immersed in Liberty’s first-person introspection, but it never drags, propelled by the suspense of interfamilial tension and King’s (Me and Marvin Gardens, 2017) beautifully efficient prose. It’s also a sad, utterly honest book, capturing the grief, longing, and loss of divorce. Liberty’s depression seeps through the pages, and readers may themselves sink at times. The ending, however, remarkably offers hope and healing without minimizing the lingering realities of depression and separation. This is required reading for both children and parents of divorce, all of whom will find themselves reflected in this heartachingly cathartic tale of family, mental health, and coping. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 Gr 5–7—The night a meteor falls near the home of 12-year-old Liberty Johansen, her parents announce their separation. As life as she knows it crumbles, she is left to grapple with her own conflicting emotions, which may stem from something deeper, possibly clinical depression. This compelling upper middle grade title offers an honest window into struggles with childhood and adult depression. Her father has been suffering from it for years, and Liberty fears that she may also have it. Her impulses shift from the desire to protect and nurture her younger sister to throwing a toaster out a window in a fit of rage. She finds solace in speaking to the meteor that she collected on the night of its fall from space, and, finally, with a trusted therapist. Bullying, puberty, and the protagonist's father's infidelity are also addressed. This title will resonate with middle graders searching for deeper understanding of their own or their family's experiences with these or similar topics. VERDICT Recommended for most middle grade collections, especially where realistic drama is in demand. Fans of Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish and Esther Ehrlich's Nest will devour this one.—Pilar Okeson, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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