Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Maclear, Kyo

 Publisher:  Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press (2020)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 160 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 23 cm

 BTSB No: 595067 ISBN: 9781554989720
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Callas, Maria, -- 1923-1977 -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Opera -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $22.96

About to graduate from middle school, Charlie is preoccupied with a crush, Emile, and the absence of Luka, a boy in her class, who has not come to school in days. In Mr. P's music class, she hears the songs of opera singer Maria Callas and falls in love with opera. Maria's story helps Charlie navigate her own world.

 Illustrator: Eggenschwiler, Byron
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 503905
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 76821

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/19)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/04/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 5–8—Two months before middle school graduation, Charlotte (Charlie) Noguchi and the rest of class 8C have one final assignment—to find the soundtrack of their lives, a song that has meaning for them. Their music teacher Mr. K introduces them to different styles, including metal, pop, rap, jazz, emo, and opera. Yellow tones dominate these sections of the book with realistic, detailed, eye-catching art and cross hatching that adds dimension. Breaking up the main plot, Charlie shares her story from behind the empty desk in her class. Yellow switches dramatically to blue for flashback scenes. A lone desk is shown in the middle of the panel framed by Charlie's hair, giving it the appearance of theater curtains parting. Luka, with his long shiny hair and beautiful singing voice, left school after singing a song to Emile. Charlie seems to like Emile but is also worried about Luka and hopes he'll come back to school. Colored in red, Charlie also discusses famed opera singer and diva Maria Callas. Drawn to her music and life story, Charlie researches Callas for her final project. A bibliography with further reading about the singer is included at the end of the graphic novel. VERDICT Brimming with raw emotion, music references, and gorgeous art, this memorable and relatable graphic novel will linger with readers.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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