Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Napoli, Donna Jo

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 350 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 667273 ISBN: 9781481403023
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Survival skills -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Noah's ark -- Fiction
 Floods -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Having lost her family in a massive flood, sixteen-year-old Sebah finds her way onto a gigantic ark, where she must conceal herself from Noah and his family until it is safe for her and another stowaway to slip away.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 165396
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 20.0   Quiz: 62410

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

   School Library Journal (02/01/14)
   Booklist (02/15/14)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (03/14)
 The Hornbook (00/07/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2014 Gr 9 Up—This guttural rendition of Noah's Ark becomes an intriguing piece of historical fiction in the hands of master storyteller Napoli. Sebah, the daughter of a Canaanite farmer in the third millennium BCE, is swept up into the devastating flood, first surviving on a small peak and then a raft before stowing away on the ark. Sweeping the reader directly into an action-packed story, the book begins on "Day 1" and continues through the 40 days of rain and the 330 days of receding water. The first person present tense and gritty survival story will resonate with fans of The Hunger Games, but Napoli packs deeper themes into the murky depths of this tale. The reader comes to know Sebah quite intimately, and the author creates a wonderfully immersive experience. The chapter titles sometimes indicate a range of days, while the action continues in a present tense, producing an awkward sense of pacing. Napoli includes the critical aspects of Noah's and Sebah's different faiths while sidestepping discussion of religion. The extensive author's note, time line of biblical verses, and bibliography in the back support the tale's foundation. Storm features frank but inexplicit discussions of sex, rape, and childbirth. Despite the radically different culture and unique circumstances, teens will connect with this remarkably courageous girl in her primal fight for family and survival.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 03/01/2014 The rain starts like any other rain with a dark cloud and a few drops, but then the deluge relentlessly continues. By the third day, sixteen-year-old Sebah has lost her brothers and her home to the flooding; by the second week, she is starving and stranded in a tree until a boy from her village finds her, they build a raft, and he claims her, with her consent, as his wife. By the end of the month, however, he too has been swept away and, before meeting the same fate herself, she manages to climb aboard a giant ark. Yes, it is indeed Noah’s ark and since she’s aware that her status as a stowaway on the ship defies Noah’s plan, Sebah decides her best bet is to hide with the animals below. As the rains continue, however, and Sebah’s belly grows heavy with a baby, her survival may depend on revealing herself. Napoli mines the Biblical story—one of the original apocalyptic tales—to find a different spiritual subtext, transforming it from a tale not about obeying the will of God but about how the very act of survival is sometimes the greatest leap of faith of all. The book depicts Noah as a man struggling with an enormous burden, and his strict reliance on his faith acts as a direct foil to the non-religious Sebah, whose reasons for living are bound both literally and figuratively to the fertile earth (she’s a gardener in addition to being pregnant). There is room, and perhaps requirement, for both types of faith in Napoli’s interpretation, and the ultimate survival of Sebah’s and Noah’s families underscores that message. Fans of Life of Pi will find a similar blend of gritty survivalism and spiritual contemplation in this maelstrom of a tale. KQG - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Booklist - 02/15/2014 Young, newly pregnant Sebah manages to survive the great flood on a small raft before she bumps into Noah’s humongous ark. Crawling into a porthole for safety, she finds herself in a cage with a pair of bonobos who care for her and hide her from Noah and his family. While trapped aboard, Sebah feels the despair of a ruined world and the stir-craziness of confinement right along with all the animals, with whom she deeply empathizes. But in the midst of the hopelessness of the deluge, Sebah also delights in the playfulness of her animal friends and the affections of a handsome fellow stowaway, and she resolves to look forward to the future, despite the grief for the life she left behind. Napoli (Skin, 2013) draws from the book of Genesis for a basic outline, but she takes ample liberties with the rest of the story, presenting an obstinate, guilt-ridden Noah and an angry family resentful over their wretched circumstances, all through the eyes of a clever, headstrong young girl who learns to thrive on hope. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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