Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Ramee, Lisa Moore

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 308 p., map, 21 cm

 BTSB No: 738210 ISBN: 9780063039421
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Magic -- Fiction
 Maps -- Fiction
 Twins -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $22.58

Walt's magical ability to bring maps to life puts him, his twin sister Van, and new friend Dylan in danger when an enchanted heirloom strands them in the fantastical world of Djaruba and they discover a malevolent rival to the kingdom, a fellow mapmaker, has nefarious plans for Walt.

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/22)
   Booklist (08/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/22)
 The Hornbook (00/09/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2022 Blackbird Bay is dull as ditchwater according to our hero, Walt, and compared to his former life in L.A., it might be. With a twin sister, Van, miles ahead of him physically and a dad who is always reminding him to practice football, all Walt wants to do is hunker down in his room, mapping his fantasy world, Djuraba. When he’s told that he possesses the power to draw changes into places, he goes adventuring with his new friend Dylan and the infuriating Van to check this out, only to get stuck in his fantasy world. There he encounters an evil mapmaker whose plans could ruin Djuraba and the world! Can he use his newly discovered abilities to get them home and save both places? Ramée’s fast-paced novel centering on a Black protagonist engagingly leaves gaps for the reader to fill in with their own creativity and imagination, and themes of pushing against gendered expectations give the story emotional weight. A perfect fit for fans of Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (2019). - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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