Bound To Stay Bound

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 Supernatural society (Supernatural Society)
 Author: Ogle, Rex

 Publisher:  Inkyard Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 279 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 686646 ISBN: 9781335424877
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Monsters -- Fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Will Hunter thought his life couldn't get any worse after his parents' divorce and his mom moving them from New York City to the middle-of-nowhere town called East Emerson. But Will was wrong--things are about to get way worse. Because East Emerson is filled with a whole lot of monsters, and he's the only person who can see them. When all the town pets go missing, including his dog, he joins forces with outcast Ivy and super-smart Linus to uncover the ancient secrets of East Emerson.

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   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 520735

   School Library Journal (03/01/22)
   Booklist (01/01/22)

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Booklist - 01/01/2022 A biracial (white and Latinx) child of divorce, Will moves with his mother from New York City to middle-of-nowhere East Emerson for “a fresh start.” He misses his old home, his best friend, and, most of all, his father, but even that pales in comparison to the horror of starting sixth grade not only in a new town but also in a new town full of monsters, which apparently only he can see. After his beloved dog is the latest pet to go missing, Will teams up with fellow outcasts (and transracial adoptees; Korean and Black, respectively) Ivy and Linus to find out what’s really going on in East Emerson. Ogle’s (Free Lunch, 2019) fun series starter is narrated by a “monster,” leading to many humorous asides, though it sometimes leans too heavily on the stereotype of middle-school children being the real monsters. Scattered throughout the text are hidden messages and puzzles, a great, interactive bonus in this inclusive, voice-filled middle-grade novel full of monsters, cryptograms, and town secrets. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 Gr 4–6—Nothing is as it seems in East Emerson, MA. The story begins with Will, a Latinx middle schooler, who is moving after a tumultuous breakup between his mom and dad. He is leaving everything behind: Brooklyn, his best friend, and hardest of all, his father. Instead of settling into this new life, Will finds himself face-to-face with monsters, and they are monsters no one else seems to see. Mythological beings, science fiction creations, and all the things which go bump in the night are out in force in East Emerson, and strange things start happening to Will. Luckily he lives across from Ivy and Linus, and the trio begins to investigate what lurks in the shadows and tunnels of the strange town. Ogle has created a series for elementary students with a diverse cast and an adventurous spooky angle, all told by an unknown "monster" narrator who provides advice, information, and subplot through interjected soliloquies. The plot evolves well, and the reader lands at the last page fairly breathless, eager for more adventure through this Goonies-esque story. VERDICT A recommended purchase for an elementary or middle school library looking for a tame thriller or horror adventure novel. Ogle crafts a likable cast and world for younger students to enjoy.—Rachel Joiner - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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