Bound To Stay Bound

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 Runaway's diary
 Author: Patterson, James

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 273 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 703967 ISBN: 9780316395427
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Graphic novels -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Runaway teenagers -- Fiction
 Storytelling -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

After Eleanor's older sister, Sam, runs away to Seattle, Eleanor goes on an adventure looking for her. In graphic novel format.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Raymond, Emily
 Illustrator: Wicker, Valeria

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/01/22)
   School Library Journal (04/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2022 Gr 5–8—Eleanor, a gloriously auburn-maned high school outcast, boards a bus to Seattle to find her runaway older sister, and in the process becomes a runaway herself. When she touches down in the big city, she stumbles into the world of young unhoused people, finds her touch as a storytelling busker, and ultimately starts to unravel the mystery of her sister's disappearance. It sounds like a potentially dark story, but it has a persistently peppy tone, replete with trips to Seattle tourist landmarks such as the Space Needle, the Central Library, and Pike Place Market. Serendipity finds Eleanor supported by a grumpy woman from her bus who houses her briefly, then by a cute blond busker boy who keeps her company. She never goes hungry, she's never assaulted, and she brushes shoulders with drug users for a mere moment. The detective work of following her sister's trail and flashing back to their complicated relationship at home makes for a very readable story, and Wicker's colorful, straightforward illustrations make the streets of Seattle a rather appealing place to be unhoused. The narrative's gentle tone makes for an enjoyable, if sitcomlike read, but the saccharine simplification of runaway life may feel off-putting for more critical readers. All the major characters in this story appear to be white. VERDICT A energetic read with a tenuous presentation of unhoused life.—Emilia Packard - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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