Bound To Stay Bound

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 Under the ashes
 Author: Rankin, Cindy

 Publisher:  Whitman
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 232 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 739365 ISBN: 9780807536353
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Tomboys -- Fiction
 Earthquakes -- Fiction
 Survival skills -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Eleven-year-old Littlebeth Morgan is staying in San Francisco with her maiden Aunt Sally, in 1906, when a giant earthquake shakes the city. Will Littlebeth find a way to not only survive, but reunite with her new family?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 187282
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 69382

   Kirkus Reviews (10/15/16)
   Booklist (11/15/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 11/15/2016 It’s 1906, and despite well-meaning intentions, plucky, outspoken, 11-year-old Elizabeth “Littlebeth” Morgan can’t seem to avoid trouble in her hometown, Paso Robles. Hoping to improve her unruly behavior, Littlebeth’s parents send her to nearby San Francisco to live with her respectable businesswoman aunt, Sally. Though the bustling city’s fascinating, Littlebeth is homesick. Meeting kind neighbor Mr. Steinberg helps, and noticing his affection for Sally, which seems mutual but unrealized due to their different religions (he’s Jewish; she’s Presbyterian), she endeavors to bring them together. Then a massive earthquake hits, and as Littlebeth searches for her aunt and neighbor, she faces challenges and sorrows but also finds unexpected help and friendships, as with the young Chinese girl looking for her family, and new insights about what matters most. Littlebeth’s first-person narration, in vernacular prose, descriptively details settings and events and incorporates historical cultural references and vivid accounts of the devastating quake and its aftermath. Though some story elements seem contrived, spirited Littlebeth’s issues are sympathetically portrayed, and fans of historical fiction will find plenty to like. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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