Bound To Stay Bound

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 Candidly Cline
 Author: Ormsbee, Kathryn

 Publisher:  Harper (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 309 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 691806 ISBN: 9780063059993
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Singers -- Fiction
 Country music -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Lesbians -- Fiction
 Alzheimer's disease -- Fiction
 Paris (Ky.) -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Cline Alden's grandmother says that music is in the family's blood, but Cline's mother is dead-set against her daughter's dreams of becoming a country music singer; Cline is determined to find the money to attend a Young Singer-Songwriter Workshop in Lexington, so now she has a lot on her mind--she is hiding things from her mother, she is losing her beloved grandmother to Alzheimer's, and she has begun to acknowledge, to herself at least, that she is more attracted to girls than boys.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/11/21)
   Booklist (10/15/21)
 The Hornbook (00/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2021 Gr 5 Up—Middle schooler Cline Alden's life revolves around music, specifically country. Named after Patsy Cline, she uses playlists as pep talks, watches an old music variety show with her Gram every Monday evening, and teaches herself to play guitar with YouTube videos. Cline's mother works at a café, and when her coworker Delia tells Cline about a young singer-songwriters workshop in Lexington, a few towns over from their small Kentucky town of Paris, she knows she has to apply. Her mother isn't the biggest supporter of her musical dreams, so Cline has to go behind her back to raise the money, and get to and from classes. Once accepted to the program, Cline has a negative interaction with another workshop member, Sylvie, who is later assigned as her partner. Through Sylvie, Cline learns that first impressions aren't always what they seem and sometimes people build walls to protect themselves, and her feelings for Sylvie shift. Ormsbee's writing feels lyrical and full of country twang. Cline is an authentically relatable tween protagonist who, like her friends, shows only pieces of herself depending on who she's with. As the story unfolds, she shows readers what it takes to live authentically and be true to yourself. This coming-of-age story tackles a myriad of topics in an approachable manner. Cline is cued as white. VERDICT First purchase. A sweet tale of coming into one's own and an affirming queer love story, too.—Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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