Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Luqman-Dawson, Amina

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: viii, 403 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 590902 ISBN: 9780316056618
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 African Americans -- Fiction
 Slavery -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Communities -- Fiction
Historical Fiction
Family Life
Adventure Fiction

Price: $21.88

After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 516916

 Newbery Award, 2023
Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2023

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/04/22)
   Booklist (+) (01/01/22)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/05/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2022 *Starred Review* Fleeing enslavement at Southland Plantation, 12-year-old Homer and his little sister, Ada, get separated from their mother but keep moving until they arrive at a wild, unknown area. Struggling forward and fearing capture, they are helped by a man who literally swings to their rescue from the trees! Suleman helps them make their way to a hidden community of formerly enslaved people and their freeborn children. The newcomers are in awe of how this hidden enclave—Freewater—­exists, but they also fear for their new home and friends after overhearing the plantation overseer Stokes and his minions planning to set the swamp ablaze to flush them out. Back at the plantation, their recaptured mother and others want to join the Freewater community, and a perfect plan comes together. Debut author Luqman-Dawson brings to life a lesser-known piece of Black history: the role of swamplands as safe areas for those making their way to freedom. She has imagined how people not only would survive but thrive in such places. Skillfully drawing memorable characters and moving them toward an exciting, heartfelt resolution, Luqman-Dawson does not shy away from the realities of slavery. This lyrical story of hope, strength, and ingenuity will be gobbled up by young history buffs and adventure lovers. Direct your Christopher Paul Curtis and Avi fans this way. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 03/25/2022 Gr 5–8—Sometimes, to be free, you have to make a life in a place where no one can find you. Freewater is such a place. With their mother leading the way, Homer and his younger sister Ada try to escape their hellish lives of slavery on the Southerland Plantation. But Homer remembers his promise of freedom to his friend Anna; his mother turns back for her but is caught. Homer and Ada run to nearby river and plunge into the raging waters that carry them into the Great Dismal Swamp. Lost and disoriented, they are rescued by Suleman, a mysterious and taciturn guide who leads them through the inhospitable swamp to Freewater, a settlement of escaped men, women, and children living in freedom. Slowly, Homer begins to appreciate living and working together to contribute to the thriving community. But what about his mama? Plagued by guilt about his mother's capture, Homer decides to return to the plantation to rescue his mother and Anna. His new friends from Freewater pledge to return with him. Using a hand-drawn map that (unbelievably) survives multiple drenchings, Homer and company undertake the seemingly impossible rescue. Told from many alternating points of view, it is somewhat challenging to keep the characters straight at the outset. While using archeological evidence of settlements of formerly enslaved people within the Great Dismal Swamp as the basis for the text, the story itself is a speculative look into such a community. VERDICT A fascinating look at a fictional Black resistance settlement in little-known place.—Lisa Crandall - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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