Bound To Stay Bound

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 Revenge of the beast (Beast And The Bethany)
 Author: Meggitt-Phillips, Jack

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 261 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 635087 ISBN: 9781534478923
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Humorous fiction
 Human behavior -- Fiction
 Parrots -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to de-beast their lives but neither of them are sure what "good people" do.

 Illustrator: Follath, Isabelle

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.00
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 516626

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/21)
   Booklist (01/01/22)

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Booklist - 01/01/2022 Uh-oh. The malign magic creature thought to be extirpated in The Beast and the Bethany (2020) is back and bent on gobbling down deliciously hateful orphan Bethany at last—as well as anyone else who gets in the way. As the sly beast is hiding inside the body of apparently benign parrot Claudette, it takes some time for the penny to drop for Bethany and her thoroughly reformed adult ally and former nemesis Ebenezer Tweezer, who just cannot understand why all their sincere efforts to “de-beast” and do good after years of pranks and evil deeds are going horribly wrong. Along with plenty of darkly suggestive cartoon illustrations, Meggitt-Phillips strews the spaciously leaded narrative with broad hints for readers and drives the tale to a hair- (or more accurately, feather) raising denouement that sees the beast undone by an act of selflessness . . . maybe. The author adds another thoroughly dislikable child to the mix, plus crowd-pleasing gross bits (earwax sandwiches, elephant-poop stink bombs) to brighten the farcical sequel’s rather dark tone. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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