Bound To Stay Bound

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 Children of the black glass
 Author: Peckham, Tony

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 355 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 707538 ISBN: 9781665913133
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Siblings -- Fiction
 Parent-child relationship -- Fiction
 Obsidian -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $22.58

Two years ago Tell and Wren's mother went down the mountain and never came back; now, with their father blinded by a shard of black glass, the two children will take the same journey to try and save their father.

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/01/23)
   Booklist (02/15/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/15/2023 As dark and flinty as shards of the titular obsidian used here both for weapons and for magic, this debut fantasy takes two children raised in an isolated, impoverished mountain community of glass miners down the slopes to Halfway—a sprawling town of ruthless traders and dangerous, enigmatic sorcerers—to be attacked, robbed, and swept up in a violent civil conflict. Though Peckham gives 14-year-old Tell and his younger sister, Wren, new city friends and a cantankerous donkey as appealing allies, it’s their shared toughness of mind and well-honed abilities to think and work together that get them through challenges ranging from finding a way to free the captured and enslaved men of their village to coping with the shattering discovery that their own absent and presumed dead mother had readily abandoned them to chip out a new life for herself. The harsh tone and brutal twists will leave readers in a sober frame, but the tale, which ends with a promise of further episodes, features embedded glints of loyalty, courage, and friendship to lighten the load. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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