Bound To Stay Bound

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 Welcome back, Maple Mehta-Cohen
 Author: McGovern, Kate

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 278 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 626650 ISBN: 9781536215588
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Reading disability -- Fiction
 School stories
 Family life -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction
 Racially mixed families -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Maple Mehta-Cohen has been keeping a secret: she can't read all that well. She has an impressive vocabulary and loves dictating stories into her recorder. Despite all Maple's clever tricks to hide her troubles with reading, her teacher is on to her, and now Maple has to repeat fifth grade. As she faces the loss of old friendships, the possibility of new ones, and reading challenges head-on, her deception may be exposed.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 512794

   School Library Journal (10/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 Gr 4–7—Maple Mehta-Cohen has a secret, and she has worked hard to make sure no one finds out. Maple loves to tell, and spends much of her time dictating, her stories about her half-Indian, half-Jewish sleuth into her recorder. But despite her storytelling ability and expansive vocabulary, Maple doesn't know how to read. Her teacher thought it best for Maple to repeat fifth grade so that she can get help with reading. But Maple is not sure about this plan. It means leaving her two best friends, Aislinn and Marigold, and having everyone wonder why she is still in fifth grade. When the school year starts, things aren't better. Maple's teacher asks her to help new kid Jack learn his way around the school, plus she must go to Ms. Fine's group—the one that is for students who can't read. When Jack asks why Maple is still in fifth grade, the lies start, and Maple isn't sure she can stop. She is caught telling stories to her new friends in her reading group, trying to keep her old friends who don't seem to want to spend time with a fifth-grader, and staying true to herself. Though poignant, with so many different things happening, the novel doesn't really get to the depth of Maple's reading struggles, or her issues with friends, leaving the ending feeling unresolved. VERDICT For young people who struggle with reading or feeling different because of other academic issues, Maple is a welcome protagonist.—Rebekah Buchanan, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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