Bound To Stay Bound

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 They stole our hearts (Teddies Saga)
 Author: Kraus, Daniel

 Publisher:  Holt (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 220 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 531398 ISBN: 9781250224422
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Teddy bears -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Fate and fatalism -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Our heroes decide to return to where they were created. En route, and much to their surprise, they find a civilization of discarded teddies. The comfort of a town of teddies has its allure . . . but the need for answers weighs heavy on Buddy's mind. And there's something definitely off about these new bears. Will our heroes accept their strange rules? Or must they dig deep for one more adventure to finally learn why they were thrown away? The answer lies just up the stairs . . .

 Illustrator: Cai, Rovina

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/21)
   Booklist (08/01/21)

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Booklist - 08/01/2021 Readers who would be disturbed by a teddy bear being obliterated in a garbage disposal or a crowd of teddies flogging themselves with “Pain Chains” may want to seek lighter fare as Kraus continues, in an even darker vein, his tale of abandoned toys seeking their maker or, better, the supposed oblivion that comes through a child’s love. Finding themselves back in the garbage after a brief respite, three survivors of the opener, They Threw Us Away (2020), are swept into a storm drain and then captured by fuzzies with shredded backs who, it turns out, punish themselves because a charismatic bear called the Forgiver has convinced them that they’re bad to the stuffing, being made of toxic materials. Ultimately, a climactic escape leads to a (counterintuitively) joyous encounter that sets up the next stage of this undoubtedly metaphorical journey. Cai further dims this fluffy (in the worst possible way) sequel with occasional illustrations that run to tubby silhouettes with ominously glowing eyes. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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