Bound To Stay Bound

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 Birdie's bargain
 Author: Paterson, Katherine

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 225 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 703500 ISBN: 9781536215595
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Family life -- Fiction
 Prayer -- Fiction
 Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Birdie has questions for God. For starters, why couldn't God roll history back to September 10, 2001, and fix things-so the next day was an ordinary sunny day and not the devastating lead-in to two wars? Daddy has already been to Iraq twice. Now he's going again, and Birdie is sure he'll die. To save money, she, Mom, and baby Billy have moved to Gran's, where shy Birdie must attend a new school, and no one but bossy Alicia Marie Suggs welcomes her.

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   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/21)
   Booklist (10/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/11/21)

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Booklist - 10/01/2021 Birdie isn’t happy with the way her life has been going. Her dad has been called up again to serve in Iraq, and living at her Gran’s is an adjustment. Her room is small, Mom is working all the time, and Gran is occupied with baby Billy. To top it off, her only “friend” is bossy Alicia. Making a bargain to protect her father seems logical to Birdie, but what if the bargain doesn’t work out like she hopes? And is revealing Alicia’s troubled home life a betrayal, or is it the right thing to do? The complexities of belief play a major role in how Birdie sees the world, but as she learns through patient Gran, perhaps Birdie’s rigid views, learned at Bible camp, aren’t the only way to approach faith. Paterson, the beloved author of classics like Bridge to Terabithia, has once again written a book that will appeal to thoughtful readers interested in a good story as well as bigger ideas. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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