Bound To Stay Bound

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 Space hostages
 Author: McDougall, Sophia

 Publisher:  Harper
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 442 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 624200 ISBN: 9780062294029
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Science fiction
 Human alien encounters -- Fiction
 Kidnapping -- Fiction
 Space travel -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Young Alice Dare is relieved that at last humans and the alien Morrors are now living peacefully on Earth. But space is getting a bit tight. To make room for all the Morrors, they've been terraforming a cold little moon in the Alpha Centauri system. Alice and her friends are invited to the inauguration of the Morrors' new home! But the kids are kidnapped on their way there by the hostile Krakkiluks and must save themselves. Sequel to Mars Evacuees.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 188566

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/15)
   School Library Journal (10/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 Gr 5–7—Alice Dare, the now 13-year-old Exo-Defense cadet introduced in Mars Evacuees (HarperCollins, 2015), continues her interstellar adventures with friends Carl and Josephine and their persnickety and enthusiastic robot tutor, Goldfish. Peace has been made with the Morrors, and the Vshomu are contained. Millions of Morrors now live harmoniously with humans on Earth. As the story opens, Alice and "The Plucky Kids of Mars," along with Thsaaa (a Morror friend their own age), several siblings, and some scientists are invited to a ribbon cutting on the Morrors' new home world. Midway through the journey there, the lobsterlike Krakkiluk capture the ship and take everyone prisoner. The narrative splits to follow Alice's team (who end up on planet Yaela, with enslaved fruit bat-like creatures) and those who remain onboard, trying to outwit the Krakkiluk. The story moves briskly, with a large cast of nonhuman players. Astute readers will note lessons about slavery, friendship, and accepting differences within the human and alien interactions. The frequent use of invented vocabulary may confuse inattentive readers. An occasional damn or God pops up in context. VERDICT Alice is a spunky heroine, and the story combines otherworldly adventures with a kind and hopeful message. This book can stand alone but will be most appreciated where the first volume has found an audience.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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