Bound To Stay Bound

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 Fire, the water, and Maudie McGinn
 Author: Pla, Sally J.

 Publisher:  Quill Tree Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 324 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 720143 ISBN: 9780063268791
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Neurodiversity -- Fiction
 Self-acceptance -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Divorced parents -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

Follows thirteen-year-old neurodivergent Maudie during an eventful summer in California with her father, where she struggles with whether to share a terrible secret about life with her mom and stepdad.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 522173

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/15/23)
   Booklist (07/23/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/15/2023 Gr 4–6—Maudie McGinn has been waiting for summer all year, from the minute she had to leave her father in California last summer and go back to live with her mother and stepfather in Texas. Maudie doesn't feel safe in Texas, but between her autism and fear she hasn't been able to tell anyone why. The summer is her safe place. However, just as Maudie and her dad are getting settled in his forest cabin in Northern California, disaster strikes in the form of a sudden massive wildfire that causes them to flee without any of their possessions. Despite her mother's protestations, Maudie is allowed to stay with her father, and they end up living in a campground in a small coastal town near San Diego thanks to the kindness of her father's childhood friend. In their new summer home, Maudie works through the trauma of having to start fresh with none of her belongings and also keep herself entertained while her father attempts to find work every day. Once she finds the beach and the surfing community, however, she is newly determined to learn how to surf and enter a surfing competition to earn money. Standard prose is interwoven with free verse throughout the book, and the narrative shifts from the present day to widening glimpses of Maudie's life and the dangers she faces in Texas. While the plot races along with ample suspense regarding Maudie's safety and the surfing competition, ultimately the tale wraps up hastily and without the slower pacing the solid ending deserves. VERDICT Themes of autism, child abuse, and the impact of wildfires combine for a unique and memorable story that will appeal to middle grade readers open to a creative format and heavier themes.—Kate Olson - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/23/2023 Summers in California with her dad are the highlight of 13-year-old Maudie's year. When a wildfire forces Maudie and her dad onto the road, Maudie's mom insists that because Maudie is autistic, she won't be able to handle the disruption of routine and the sensory issues. But Maudie is determined not to go home, so she and her dad spend the summer in an old camper by the beach in the town where Maudie's dad grew up. There she meets the locals, including Etta, a famous surfer who gives Maudie surfing lessons in preparation for a competition where Maudie hopes to win money to replace some of what was lost. Maudie feels more at home and accepted than she does with her mom and stepdad. But she's also hiding a dark secret, and as the summer draws to a close, she has to find a way to tell the truth. Any reader who has ever felt different will be able to relate to Maudie's journey to finding her home and her people. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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