Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dolls of hope
 Author: Parenteau, Shirley

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 317 p. ,  20 cm.

 BTSB No: 699072 ISBN: 9780763677527
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Dolls -- Fiction
 Japan -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Tells the Japanese side of the Friendship Doll exchange. Companion novel to Ship Of Dolls.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 176178
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 66875

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/15)
   School Library Journal (09/01/15)
 The Hornbook (00/09/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2015 Gr 3–6—Set in 1927 Japan, this companion book to Ship of Dolls (Candlewick, 2014) continues with the story of the Friendship Dolls project, an international exchange of dolls intended as a gesture of peace between America and Japan. When 11-year-old Chiyo disobeys her parents and sneaks along on a visit to see her sister's wealthy fiancé, she is sent by him to an exclusive boarding school in the city to learn "poise and dignity." Chiyo misses her rural home and family and struggles with issues of class and economic status at her new school. She is also bullied by Miyamoto, the esteemed daughter of a prestigious military general, who vigorously opposes the doll exchange as a sign of weakness. When Chiyo, Miyamoto, and a few other girls are selected to sing at the doll welcoming ceremony in Tokyo, Miyamoto's bullying escalates, culminating in the destruction of Emily Grace, the American doll meant for their school. When Chiyo is blamed for the incident, her expulsion from school imminent, she runs away seeking help from a master doll maker. The conflict is resolved just a little too tidily. However, readers will find no trouble connecting with Chiyo, an endearing main character who is struggling to find her way in the world while conforming to societal mores and expectations. This work is also a fascinating look at Japanese culture and customs in the 1920s. VERDICT Doll aficionados, those who like boarding school books, and fans of the first title will not be disappointed.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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