Bound To Stay Bound

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 Land of broken promises
 Author: Kuo, Jane

 Publisher:  Quill Tree Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 229 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 534942 ISBN: 9780063119048
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Novels in verse
 Immigration and emigration -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Taiwanese -- United States -- Fiction
 California -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

After a rocky first year, Anna's family have settled into life in California--their small restaurant is even turning a profit. But when their visas expire, Anna grapples with the complexities of being undocumented, the strain that it places on her family, and the loneliness of keeping it all to herself. Companion to In The Beautiful Country.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 519684

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/23)
   Booklist (04/01/23)
 The Hornbook (07/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2023 A sequel to In the Beautiful Country (2022), which told of Anna and her mother leaving Taiwan and joining her father in America, this story opens 18 months later, during Anna’s sixth-grade year. She has adjusted well, and the family business, a fast-food place, is supporting them. But later that year, she learns that her family’s visa has expired and that, no matter how hard they work, they have no path to citizenship. To someone who increasingly sees herself as an American, this comes as a devastating revelation, but by the story’s end, Anna has confided in her best friend, worked through her initial emotional turmoil, and found a way to move forward. Based on Kuo’s experiences within a family of undocumented immigrants who were granted amnesty and, eventually, American citizenship, Anna’s first-person, free-verse narrative unfolds with simplicity, precision, and insights into what drives the people around her as well as herself. Written in short chapters, this inviting novel in verse offers a rewarding reading experience for young people. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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