Bound To Stay Bound

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 Recipe for disaster
 Author: Lucido, Aimee

 Publisher:  Versify (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 344 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 589884 ISBN: 9780358386919
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Jews -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Bat mitzvahs -- Fiction
 Baking -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

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Hannah's schemes for throwing her own bat mitzvah unleash family secrets, create rivalries with best friends, and ultimately teach Hannah what being Jewish is all about.

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Gr 4–6—Hannah relates to the world through recipes and baking, usually along with her Grandma Mimi, older brother Sam, and best friend Shira. During Shira's bat mitzvah, a rift forms in their friendship when Shira says that Hannah is "not really Jewish" and thus can't have a bat mitzvah of her own. Hannah's mother doesn't consider herself Jewish anymore and is actively anti-religion, but Grandma Mimi supports Hannah's plans to secretly prepare for a bat mitzvah anyway. She connects Hannah with her aunt, a rabbi who is estranged from Hannah's mother for reasons unknown to her. Her studies and hardships and a new friend, Vee, who is Guatemalan American and Jewish, help Hannah realize the importance of atonement and explore what being Jewish really means to her. Hannah is a strong narrator, and the narrative is engagingly interspersed with charming handwritten recipes with notes and scratch-outs, poems that follow a recipe-like format, and passages from the Torah. VERDICT Food, family, friendships, and Jewish identity are the focus of this moving coming-of-age story. Highly recommended for middle grade collections.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans P.L. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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