Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ella McKeen, kickball queen
 Author: Mills, Beth

 Publisher:  Carolrhoda (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 647231 ISBN: 9781541528970
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Kickball -- Fiction
 Sportsmanship -- Fiction
 School stories
 Human behavior -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

When first-grader Ella, the undisputed kickball queen at school, is bested by new student Riya Patel, she throws a tantrum with her entire class watching.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 503621
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 77486

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/19)
   School Library Journal (09/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 K-Gr 2—Ella McKeen is the undisputed kickball champion of the playground field. No one can come close to her legendary kicks, until a new student threatens her reign. When Riya Patel catches a high-flying ball, the whole class cheers, except for Ella. Shocked by this unexpected turn of events, Ella feels a "twisty, turn-y, terrible burning in her chest. Her cheeks get hot, her eyes fill with tears" and she has a meltdown. A full spread shows the pig-tailed sore loser on her knees in the throes of a full-blown tantrum: "NO! THAT'S NOT FAIR!! THAT'S MY BEST KICK!" Her stunned classmates stare in wide-eyed silence. Remorseful, Ella regrets her outburst and apologizes to her rival. A friendly Kickball Queen challenge is struck, and when Ella feels the familiar, jealous fury rise again, she chooses to be a good sport. Mills's expressive digital illustrations show a diverse classroom grappling with slice-of-life recess situations. VERDICT Emotions ring true in this relatable story. A good read-aloud choice to spark discussion.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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