Bound To Stay Bound

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 Kevin keeps up
 Author: Nagda, Ann Whitehead

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2012)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 76 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 666582 ISBN: 9780823426577
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Subjects:
 Attention -- Fiction
 Teachers -- Fiction
 School stories
 Animals -- Africa -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
When his teacher is replaced by a substitute nicknamed Beezer the Buzzard, and each student has to do a report on an African animal, Kevin, who struggles with attentional difficulties, is not sure he will survive the year.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 153324
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 58552

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   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

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/12)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (11/12)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 11/01/2012 Middle-grader Kevin is miserable when he learns that his kind teacher, Mrs. Steele, is going away for a while and that the sub will be Mrs. Beezer. Mrs. Steele understands how hard it is for Kevin to focus and pay attention in class, while Mrs. Beezer just thinks he’s a lazy goof-off. As Kevin struggles to complete his research project on cheetahs and to stay out of trouble, he manages to befriend the school’s resident cat, to come up with an original idea for a graph for his project, and to garner sympathy from his P.E. teacher, who suggests running as a way to help Kevin increase his mental focus. Although a considerable plot contrivance (the reason for Mrs. Steele’s leave is so that she can visit her husband, who is studying cheetahs in Africa) strains credulity, the characters and their interactions, though simplified, are believable. Kids with similar teacher experiences may find it particularly truthful (if frustrating) that Mrs. Beezer never does ease up on Kevin. The nature of Kevin’s issues is left oddly unstated in the book, despite the fact that cover copy indicates he has ADHD, and adults may wonder why Kevin seems to have no IEP. The subtlety with which his difficulties are presented is rather refreshing, though, and while it may be simplistic to suggest that running will somehow fix things, it’s nice to see an option for help that isn’t pharmaceutical. Russo creates convincingly kid-like black and white spot art and faux writing samples, presented as Kevin’s drawings and schoolwork. Many kids will relate to Kevin’s problems with schoolwork and classroom behavior, and others may find that reading Kevin’s point of view makes them look at their fidgety classmates with a little more understanding. JH - Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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