Bound To Stay Bound

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 Love to everyone
 Author: McKay, Hilary

 Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 324 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 627484 ISBN: 9781534427105
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Family life -- England -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction
 Great Britain -- History -- Edward VII, 1901-1910 -- Fiction
 Great Britain -- History -- George V, 1910-1936 -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

In 1902 England, Clarry and Peter struggle with the challenges of living with an indifferent father, but the summers they spend in Cornwall with their grandparents and cousin Rupert provide much needed comfort, and in the years that follow Clarry looks back on those leisurely days to help her cope with the trying times of World War I and its aftermath.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 197970
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 75396

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/18)
   Booklist (+) (08/01/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/09/18)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2018 *Starred Review* While most writers fill in their main character’s backstory in a few paragraphs, this unusual novel begins when Clarry is born, in 1902, and follows her for more than 20 years. She and her older brother, Peter, grow up in a somewhat affluent, rather grim London household, but each year their emotionally distant father sends them off to Cornwell to spend a gloriously happy summer of freedom with their grandparents and their cousin Rupert. Midway through the book, WWI begins and their lives (Rupert’s in the trenches in France, and his cousins’ and their friends’ in England) are increasingly shaped by forces beyond their control. The characters are sharply delineated by their varied personalities, inclinations, and experiences. Their actions, though occasionally unexpected, seem inevitable in retrospect. McKay brings the period settings to life with vivid details, particularly when the war brings horrors to France and hardships to the home front. Flashbacks to the boys’ pivotal boarding school days fill the gaps in their stories, but the focus always returns to Clarry, her steadfast relationships, and her gradually widening world. Though love, pain, and loss shape this emotionally resonant story of coming of age in turbulent times, the ending is quietly hopeful and wholly satisfying. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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