Bound To Stay Bound

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 Queen of the sea
 Author: Meconis, Dylan

 Publisher:  Walker (2019)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 393 p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 634372 ISBN: 9781536204988
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Queens -- Fiction
 Nuns -- Fiction
 Historical fiction
 Exile -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $26.36

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent live. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the island's sinister true purpose and her own past. A graphic novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 503806
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 77204

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/19)
   School Library Journal (+) (04/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/19)
 The Hornbook (00/09/19)

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School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 5–9—A young orphan named Margaret lives on an island convent, cared for by adoring nuns. The arrival of two strangers changes her life forever. The first is a young boy, who eventually is compelled to return to the land of Albion. Years later, Margaret finds herself in the company of the dethroned and exiled Queen Eleanor of Albion. And when one of Eleanor's former subjects arrives with news from Albion, Margaret finds herself at the center of a conflict that may change the fate of the kingdom. In this tale loosely based on the early years of Elizabeth I, Meconis skillfully balances imaginative twists with factual evidence. At several points, Margaret interrupts the narrative to offer historical context about Albion or information on the nuns' rituals, immersing readers in the drama in spite of the occasionally heavy backstory. The art, reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier's style, creates levity during perilous situations. The book is dense with dialogue, often feeling more like a work of prose than a graphic novel. As a result, this complex work will be more accessible to those familiar with graphic novels; some younger fans may struggle to follow along. VERDICT Certain to charm sophisticated graphic novel devotees.–Matisse Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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