Bound To Stay Bound

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 School of phantoms (No Place For Monsters)
 Author: Merritt, Kory

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 360 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 639386 ISBN: 9780358193326
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Monsters -- Fiction
 School stories
 Horror fiction
 Blizzards -- Fiction

Price: $20.48

It's been months since Levi and Kat defeated the Boojum and rescued their town's forgotten children. But now the strangeness starts again: hundreds of creepy snowmen pop up across town and a bizarre blizzard hits the day before spring break. Being trapped in the school overnight by freak weather is bad enough. But an evil is lurking . . . one far worse than ice and wind. Now it's up to Levi, Kat, and some classmates, with supernatural helpers, to stop the menace before the whole school is taken.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 514228

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 Gr 4–6—When creepy haunted snowmen show up overnight in Cowslip Grove, Levi and Kat are determined to get to the bottom of the monstrous visitors. In the first installment of the series, they defeated the Boojum King, an evil spirit from another world, and they worry that he is back to torment more children in their town. A horrendous blizzard blankets Cowslip Grove, leaving the students and teachers snowed in at school, where most end up hypnotized by the Boojum King. It's up to Levi and Kat, who are white, to free everyone from the trance before it's too late. This is a beautifully creepy tale that even those who haven't read the first title will appreciate. This interactive text encourages readers to engage in the critically important skill of "reading with a discerning eye" and learning "to separate fact from hoax," as readers are invited to play detective with the evidence provided. Merritt presents the story in a mix of black-and-white comics and prose. Varying in style from cartoonish to more realistic, images depict footage from cell phones and school security cameras, as well as a science journal of strange creatures. Illustrations enhance the tone as it shifts from spooky to comedic. VERDICT This must-read science- and nature-infused horror story is a rare text that truly captivates and stimulates readers' minds and imaginations.—Angie Jameson, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schs., OH - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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