Bound To Stay Bound

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 Word of mouse
 Author: Patterson, James

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Grabenstein, Chris
 Illustrator: Sutphin, Joe

 Publisher:  Little, Brown
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 284 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 704007 ISBN: 9780316349567
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mice -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $17.91

The illuminating journey of a very special mouse, and the unexpected friendships he makes along the way.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 186406
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 70229

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2016 *Starred Review* Children’s literature offers a long tradition of clever mice who accomplish amazing feats—as in Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971), Avi’s Poppy (1995), and Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux (2003)—and Patterson and Grabenstein’s Isaiah seems destined to join them. An educated, genetically engineered blue mouse from the Lamina Lab, Isaiah becomes separated from his family during a botched escape and ends up alone and on the run. He travels to suburbia, where he encounters predators and meets the beautiful Mikayla, a brown mouse who invites Isaiah to move in with her mischief (extended family). He quickly acquires a reputation as a fearless and capable food forager, meets 12-year-old human neighbor Hailey (with whom Isaiah communicates by using a computer), and formulates a daring plan to rescue his family from the lab. With frequent line drawings and short chapters headed by pithy proverbs that foreshadow forthcoming action, this will be accessible to most emerging readers. The authors also manage to seamlessly integrate clever wordplay (including Isaiah’s snarky perspective), advanced vocabulary, and basic science information into the story without becoming didactic. Throughout, readers will note a theme of differences, which distinguish individuals who share much in common underneath. Here’s hoping this unique hero returns soon with further adventures. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A book by best-selling Patterson or Grabenstein can generate a line simply by word of mouth. A collaboration with a publisher push? You’ve been warned. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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