Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dead City
 Author: Ponti, James

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2012)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 277 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 705138 ISBN: 9781442441293
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Zombies -- Fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City's elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 155777
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 57784

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/12)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (01/13)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 01/01/2013 When Molly Bigelow isn’t practicing her martial arts skills or fencing, the seventh-grader spends much of her time at the city morgue, where her late mother worked. Molly’s self-defense skills and her ease with dead bodies come in handy during a subway encounter with a deranged zombie, after which Molly is introduced to Omega, a secret organization that aims to police and protect New York’s underground undead population. Molly is also a natural when it comes to dealing with the undead, something that comes as no surprise to the other Omegas, who knew Molly’s mother as the most respected zombie hunter in all of New York. The zombie who was responsible for Molly’s mother’s death, however, is intent on putting an end to the Bigelow family’s zombie-fighting. From the eminently likable heroine to the action-driven plot to the smattering of code-breaking, this book has plenty to offer readers, particularly those looking for an opportunity to catch up on the zombie trend without being overwhelmed by gore. The book pointedly notes that not all zombies are bad (hence Omega’s dual mission of policing the violent zombies and protecting the harmless zombies), and the complexity humanizes the inhuman and provides the characters with discussion fodder between Molly’s narrow escapes, epic code-cracking, and occasional zombie-butt kicking. A twist on the final page ensures a sequel, and readers will be happy to follow Molly as she tries to negotiate the worlds of the living and the dead. KQG - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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