Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Konigsburg, E. L.


 Publisher:  Atheneum Books For Young Readers
 Pub Year: 1996

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 163 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 529445 ISBN: 9780689809934
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Friendship -- Fiction
 School stories
 People with physical disabilities -- Fiction
 Teacher-student relationships -- Fiction

Courtesy of Random House Audio

Price: $20.71

Summary:
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, who chooses them to be in the Academic Bowl competition.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.90
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 15098
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 12115

Awards:
 Newbery Medal, 1997

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/96)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/96)
   Booklist (-) (10/15/96)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (11/96)
 The Hornbook (01/97)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/1996 Gr 4-6--Take four sixth graders; combine them as the Epiphany School team for Academic Bowl; add one paraplegic teacher; toss in formal tea times, grandparents of team members getting married, and some magic and calligraphy. Stir them with Konigsburg's masterful hand and you have an ingenious story. Nadia, Noah, Julian, and Ethan are not the top honor students, but Mrs. Olinski has chosen them for other reasons, ones unclear even to her. As the team beats all odds and expectations and reaches the finals, flashbacks told by each member shape a scenario that's like a bundle of pick-up sticks, each piece touching, supporting, and overlapping with the others, and one move effects them all. Stunning interplay of Nadia's turtle watches on Florida beaches, Noah's role as best man at a senior-citizen wedding, Ethan's discovery of himself through new friends, and Julian's ethical decision involving a bully skillfully wrap their stories into one, with amazing insights. Brilliant writing melds with crystalline characterizations in this sparkling story that is a jewel in the author's crown of outstanding work.--Julie Cummins, New York Public Library - Copyright 1996 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 10/15/1996 Four sixth-graders are chosen by their teacher, Mrs. Olinski, to be the class representatives for the Academic Bowl team. When the team goes on to perform amazing feats of erudition, including winning the state championship, people keep asking Mrs. Olinski how she chose the participants. Although the questioners never get a real answer, the story, told from different perspectives, lets readers in on the secret. Konigsburg's latest shows flashes of her great talent and her grasp of childhood, but the book is weighted down by a Byzantine structure that houses too many characters and alternating narratives that will confuse readers. The story begins at the wedding of two senior citizens in which young Noah is the best man. Two of the other team members, Ethan and Nadia, are grandchildren of the bride and groom, and the fourth member, new boy Julian Singh, cements the group when he invites the others for tea (yes, tea). Mrs. Olinski, who is wheelchair bound, only thinks she is choosing the quartet, when it is just as true they are choosing her. Overriding themes of civility and inclusiveness add interesting elements, but this is more ambitious than it is successful. (Reviewed October 15, 1996) - Copyright 1996 Booklist.

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