Bound To Stay Bound

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 Blood water paint
 Author: McCullough, Joy

 Publisher:  Dutton Books (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 311 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 622330 ISBN: 9780735232112
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Gentileschi, Artemisia, -- 1593-1652 or 1653 -- Fiction
 Novels in verse
 Artists -- Fiction
 Sex role -- Fiction
 Rape -- Fiction
 Trials (Rape) -- Fiction
 Renaissance -- Italy -- Fiction
 Italy -- History -- 1559-1789 -- Fiction

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In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 501018
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 73111

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 8 Up—Artemisia Gentileschi, 17-year-old daughter of a mediocre Renaissance painter, assists her choleric father Orazio in his studio, mixing colors but, moreso, trying to save face for him by finishing paintings that he is incapable of completing. Remembering the stories of strong biblical women which her now-deceased mother recounted to her—stories meant to strengthen her womanly resolve in a society that valued only men—Artemisia is determined to be the painter her father will never be; thus, when her father hires Agostino Tassi (Tino) to teach her perspective, she is thrilled to have someone who can help her achieve new artistic heights. As she paints Susanna and the Elders, her relationship with Tino changes, and he finally seduces her. At first she is emboldened by his "love," but, when she realizes that he has simply used her, she is determined to bring him to court in an effort to save her honor. Using free verse for Artemisia's words and prose for her mother's stories, McCullough's beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia's passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. VERDICT A thrilling portrait of a woman of character who refused to be dismissed; this belongs on every YA shelf.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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