Bound To Stay Bound

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 Too bright to see
 Author: Lukoff, Kyle

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 188 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 590582 ISBN: 9780593111154
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Haunted houses -- Fiction
 Ghosts -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction
 Vermont -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A ghost is haunting Bug's old house in rural Vermont. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery, an altogether different truth comes to light.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 514152

 Newbery Honor, 2022

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (04/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (04/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/05/21)
 The Hornbook (00/03/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 4–7—Lukoff's (When Aidan Became a Brother) middle grade debut is a deeply empathetic exploration of grief and gender identity through the eyes of Bug. The summer before Bug starts middle school, things are rough. Bug's beloved Uncle Roderick passed away from a difficult illness and the family business is in trouble. Bug's longtime best friend is excited about makeup and boys, but these things don't resonate with Bug, and a rift begins to form between the friends. With all this change and grief comes a much different problem: Bug is being haunted, and not by the innocuous spirits that typically inhabit their home. Lukoff's three primary themes—gender identity, grief, and ghostly hauntings—work in elegant harmony despite the load. Lukoff navigates Bug's journey of identity and discovery with grace, welcoming readers in so they can learn along with Bug in real time. Those readers focusing more on the haunting aspects of the story won't be disappointed and can expect multiple goosebump-worthy moments. In a brief author's note, Lukoff provides guidance in regards to both Bug (pronouns, etc.) and the book when recommending it to others. While some potential readers may hesitate at mixing ghosts and gender, Lukoff's portrayal is sensitive, hopeful, and effective. The cast generally adheres to the white default; Bug's family and classmates share diverse LGBTQIA+ identities. VERDICT A hopeful examination of grief and gender, and a good ghost story to boot. Recommended as a first purchase for all libraries.—Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/01/2021 *Starred Review* Bug's best friend Moira is spending the summer before middle school learning all about makeup and fashion and deciding which boys will be cute enough to flirt with. But Bug is not interested in any of those things. Bug is far too distracted by a death in the family, the fact that their old house in rural Vermont is haunted, and the confusion and discomfort they feel over the thought of being a girl. When a particular ghostly presence starts to target Bug, Bug needs to figure out who or what it might be and what they want. In his middle-grade debut, Lukoff (When Aidan Became a Brother, 2019) crafts a sensitive, haunting exploration of a white transgender child's journey to self-discovery, capturing all the vulnerability, discomfort, humor, and complicated emotions along the way. Equal parts unsettling, heartwarming, and satisfying, Too Bright to See is a nuanced and compelling exploration of gender, friendship, and family seen through the eyes of a courageous young protagonist. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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