Bound To Stay Bound

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 Join the club, Maggie Diaz (Maggie Diaz)
 Author: Moreno, Nina

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 229 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 658194 ISBN: 9781338740615
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Clubs -- Fiction
 Cell phones -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family life -- Florida -- Miami -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Cuban Americans -- Fiction
 Miami (Fla.) -- Fiction
Humorous Fiction
Family Life

Price: $22.58

Maggie Diaz of Miami is excited to start seventh-grade with her best friends, Zoey and Julian, and finally gets a cellphone of her own. But after school her friends are wrapped up in their various clubs, her mother is attending college, and her older sister Caro has her sports and tutoring. So Maggie decides that she will find a club to join as well--but trying out ALL the different clubs while still juggling school work is exhausting and confusing.

 Illustrator: Lovett, Courtney

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 514756

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/22)
   School Library Journal (07/22/22)
   Booklist (02/15/22)
 The Hornbook (00/07/22)

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Booklist - 02/15/2022 Twelve-year-old Cuban American Maggie Diaz is excited to start seventh grade in Miami, and after a less-than-satisfactory summer, when her friends were away and her abuela became her roommate, Maggie is ready to jump back into school and have some fun. But middle school proves to be more challenging than expected: Maggie and her two best friends are split up among classes, the campus is huge, and Maggie just isn’t feeling the middle-school magic—yet. As the school year progresses, readers will witness Maggie undergo the highs and lows of new experiences, not to mention the changes in her friend group, as she takes matters into her own hands and creates her own joy, learning from those around her. Witty, funny, and entirely relatable, Moreno’s characters are accompanied by detailed illustrations by Lovett, who really brings West Memorial Middle School to life. Maggie’s story is a reminder that not every day is perfect but that we can still grow and thrive when we bring positive energy to it. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/22/2022 Gr 4–8—After a boring summer wishing she was at camp like her two best friends, Zoey and Julian, and having to share her bedroom with her abuela, Maggie knows the start of the seventh grade signals big changes for her. When Zoey and Julian start to spend some of their free time in their new clubs with new friends, Maggie is left feeling uncertain, trying to figure out what she might be interested in. Maggie is sure that if she starts to participate in clubs and gets her grades up, she can finally get her own phone and things with her friends can go back to normal. Volunteering to clean beaches and dabbling in woodworking and agriculture are interesting to her, but she is ultimately overwhelmed with all her activities, letting her mom and friends down. Fun and quirky, Maggie Diaz is a character many readers will relate to as she begins to juggle more responsibilities while struggling with insecurity and forgetfulness. The fast-paced, first-person narration reveals these thoughts to readers, who might easily predict the wave that is about to come crashing down on Maggie. The black-and-white and grayscale illustrations add another layer of fun to this accessible middle grade novel, welcoming even more readers to Maggie's world. The heroine discovers the powerful message that not everything has to be checked off a to-do list, and things don't always have to be perfect. VERDICT A solid addition to middle grade collections.—Selenia Paz - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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