Bound To Stay Bound

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 Back to the bright before
 Author: Nolte, Katherin

 Publisher:  Random House (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 202 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 679607 ISBN: 9780593565100
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When eleven-year-old Perpetua promises to save her family from financial ruin, she sets off on a quest with her younger brother, a stolen horse, and a chicken in search of a valuable coin.

 Illustrator: Bricking, Jennifer

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/23)
   Booklist (04/01/23)

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Booklist - 04/01/2023 Pet, short for Perpetua, along with her younger brother, is on a quest to find a valuable coin rumored to be lost at a convent in Iowa, home to her novice-nun friend Melanie, who teaches her Latin. Pet hopes that if she can sell the coin, she can help her family: a depressed, injured father in need of surgery; a mom, tired from constant work; and the aforementioned brother, who stopped talking, except for the word cheese, the day their dad hurt himself. Of course, there's a bad guy—her neighbor's mean son, who wants the coin for himself—and faithful companions, including a white miniature horse and her brother's favorite hen from the nun's flock. They also are armed with a metal detector and a saltshaker, which Melanie says should be opened and sprinkled only in an emergency. Soon the landscape morphs into something magical, peopled with both frightening and helpful characters, such as a floating shepherdess, a giant, and a man in a monster mask. Like Oz or Narnia, the landscape will enchant readers looking for an eventful adventure. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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