Bound To Stay Bound

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 One square inch
 Author: Mills, Claudia

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2010)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 168 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 647354 ISBN: 9780374356521
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Mothers -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction

Price: $6.25

When their mother's behavior changes and she neglects her children, Cooper and his little sister take refuge in Inchland, an imaginary country inspired by deeds to one square inch of land that their grandfather gave them.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 139484
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 50800

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/10)
   Booklist (09/15/10)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (10/10)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 10/01/2010 It’s the beginning of sixth grade for Cooper, and middle school brings him the possibility of a girl’s interest in him, a cool cooking class, and good times with his friends Ben and Spencer. It’s also bringing unease in the form of his mother’s apparent depression, so Cooper and his little sister, Carly, are initially relieved when their mother seems to improve; then, though, her mood turns to exuberant, overoptimistic heedlessness that’s clearly an indication that something’s very wrong. Cooper soothes a worried Carly-and himself, to be honest-with an ongoing fantasy, complete with crafted furniture and details, about Inchland, a miniature realm that occupies a square inch of land, and that becomes a safer place than the kids’ own home. Cooper’s narration is restrained yet heartfelt, credible in the toll that anxiety increasingly takes on him even as he attempts to reason himself out of it. Mills carefully doles out the Inchland story in measured portions that never overpower the main plot, clearly relating the kids’ play to their dilemma throughout. Kids won’t have to share Cooper’s dilemma to empathize with a child’s anxiety about uncontrolled parental problems. DS - Copyright 2010 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Booklist - 09/15/2010 For sixth-grader Cooper and his seven-year-old sister, Carly, the new school year brings new friends, stimulating class projects—and increasing worry as their mother goes from disappearing into her room for hours and hours to rushing about buying art supplies, taking on special or household projects without following through, and undergoing wild mood swings. Cooper and Carly find some refuge in constructing a tiny bedroom kingdom (see title), and Cooper knows he should talk to an adult. But the right time for that never seems to come until, at last, Carly runs away after being left alone again at home. There’s a clear purpose driving this simply written story, but along with slipping in a few brief info-dumps about bipolar disorder, Mills effectively and realistically conveys both Cooper’s rising anxiety and his mother’s increasingly erratic behavior. An expertly crafted, low-key alternative to Leslie Connor’s Waiting for Normal (2008). - Copyright 2010 Booklist.

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