Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ali Cross : like father, like son (Ali Cross)
 Author: Patterson, James

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 294 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 704017 ISBN: 9780316500135
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Mystery fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Shootings (Crime) -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

When Ali's classmate Zoe gets shot at a music festival in Anacostia Park, he's on the case even if his father Alex wants Ali to stay out of it. There's no way Ali can sit by when his new friend Zoe is in trouble, especially since he was nearby when it happened and is the best person to find out who did it. Even if he's only a kid. Plus, he wants to figure out why Zoe is lying to the police and who she's trying to protect.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 512438

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/21)
   Booklist (05/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2021 After disobeying his dad by attending a music festival, Ali ends up entangled in another mystery when his friend and potential crush, Zoe, ends up shot. Ali can’t help wondering why Zoe appears to know the identity of her shooter but refuses to tell it. This time, Alex Cross, the famous detective of Patterson’s adult series, is determined to keep Ali out of the spotlight but fails miserably as Ali enlists the help of friends to investigate all the people in Zoe’s life—including her slightly famous music-star mother—to see who may have benefited from Zoe being hurt. Patterson does a good job of writing a fast-paced mystery readers can gobble up in one sitting. Unfortunately, the second installment suffers from the same weakness as the first: awkward chapters told from Alex’s points of view, the sole purpose of which seems to be to provide information that no middle-grade detective could ever discover on their own. However, like all Patterson books, this one will fly off the shelves. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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