Bound To Stay Bound

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 Operation do-over
 Author: Korman, Gordon

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 294 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 530013 ISBN: 9780063032743
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Space and time -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 School stories
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

Since preschool, Mason and Ty were inseparable-best friends and two nerdy sides of the same coin. Until Ava Petrakis: the girl who destroyed their friendship forever. But science-minded Mason can't believe it when he wakes up from a freak accident and finds himself transported back in time, before his falling-out with Ty and before his parents' divorce.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 514180

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/21)
   School Library Journal (01/01/22)
   Booklist (01/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2022 Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Mason and his best friend, Ty, are obsessed with all of the same things: science, Star Trek, time travel, and—unfortunately—Ava, the new girl in their class. After breaking their "non-Ava treaty," Mason finds himself without a best friend and has to forge his own path. Fast-forward to senior year of high school, where the rift between the two former friends leads to a disastrous incident that gets Mason expelled from school. Driving home, he gets into a car accident and wakes up in his 12-year-old body, just days before Ava arrives. Realizing that he has a chance to make amends and alter the future, he avoids Ava at all costs, joins the football team, and tries hard not to give away the fact that he knows the future. Eventually another head injury transports him back to his 17-year-old body, where he discovers which of his efforts have paid off. Right from the beginning, Korman's storytelling engages readers, who will root for Mason as he tries to preserve his friendship with Ty, keep his parents married, and prevent his dog being hit by a car. While there's not much new ground broken here, there are lots of laughs and chances to consider how people's choices in the present affect their future. Main characters are cued white. VERDICT Just plain fun from start to finish, this story will appeal to Korman's many fans and others who enjoy humorous fiction.—Sarah Reid - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2022 Mason knows how lucky he is to have his longtime best friend, Ty, who shares his nerdy interests and sense of humor. In seventh grade, when both boys are attracted to Ava, the beautiful new girl who takes pride in her geekiness, they make a no-dating-Ava treaty to protect their friendship. Disaster strikes: a bully posts a photo of Mason and Ava kissing to the seventh-grade chat. Five years later, Ty still hasn’t forgiven Mason—and Mason has just been expelled from high school. But after a car accident, Mason is transported back in time to his seventh-grade year, and he has a chance to redo the mistake he most regrets and create a different future. Mason makes an engaging narrator, reporting events in a candid, fair-minded way. In the concluding chapters, when he suddenly returns to senior year with no knowledge of what has happened in the intervening time period, it’s intriguing to watch him try to pick up the pieces while gradually discovering what he has changed or preserved because of his choices. A rewarding time-slip story. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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