Bound To Stay Bound

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 Key to extraordinary
 Author: Lloyd, Natalie

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 227 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 581209 ISBN: 9780545552745
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Haunted places -- Fiction
 Ghosts -- Fiction
 Dreams -- Fiction
 Buried treasure -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction
 Family life -- Tennessee -- Fiction
 Tennessee -- Fiction

Price: $20.01

Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, and helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the destiny dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 179880
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 67455

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/16)
   Booklist (05/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2016 Ghosts and magic weave through this warmly sentimental tale of small-town life. News that Granny Blue is thinking of selling the declining Boneyard Café to a developer is hard on 12-year-old force of nature Emma Pearl. Spurred to action, she searches the nearby cemetery for a fabled treasure said to be guarded by a ghost known as “the Conductor.” The plot plays second fiddle to a cast full of lovable, mildly eccentric locals, and to the setting itself: Blackbird Hollow is a Tennessee town where strange flowers bloom year round, ghosts exist, and Emma’s ancestors have left her a strange legacy. Emma makes homey observations about friends and neighbors, longs to save the café, and yearns for the life-changing “Destiny Dream” that comes to all the women in her family, and the result is a narrative as rich and sweet as the café’s own peach-lavender muffins. A climactic whirlwind leads to a triumphant close, but one character’s observation that “Everything wonderful is possible” is the tale’s true touchstone. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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