Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ain't burned all the bright
 Author: Reynolds, Jason

 Publisher:  Atheneum (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 332 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 748298 ISBN: 9781534439467
 Ages: 8-10 Grades: 3-5

 African Americans -- Fiction
 Freedom -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $23.48

A smash up of art and text that viscerally captures what it means to not be able to breathe, and how the people and things you love most are actually the oxygen you most need.

 Illustrator: Griffin, Jason

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   Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (74/82/98)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/22)

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Booklist - 12/01/2021 *Starred Review* Reynolds and Griffin’s searing indictment of the status quo is expressed in the voice of a young, unnamed Black man, whose timely comments resonate beyond the personal to the universal. Divided into three parts called “Breaths,” the text begins as the boy ponders why his mother won’t change the TV channel from repetitive news stories, what keeps his brother glued to his video game, and the implications of his sister’s plan to attend a protest. Breath Two introduces the boy’s sick father, who, isolated in his bedroom, can’t stop coughing. Breath Three finds the boy feeling suffocated and searching for an oxygen mask, eventually finding lifelines in small but meaningful details around him. Reynolds’ text—printed on strips of white paper affixed to notebook pages—comments on a seemingly changeless world on fire, on protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and on the seeming omnipresence of COVID-19—all of which reflect a world without the freedom to breathe. It’s a bleak picture but not one without hope of change. Griffin’s remarkable mixed-media collage pictures that employ a palette largely of black and red are a perfect complement to the text, capturing its tone and style exactly while expanding and enhancing the poetic words. The result is an important combination that expresses the zeitgeist of a troubled time. It’s essential reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: There's nothing Reynolds can't do, and his readers know it. This creative, timely reflection will be particularly admired by teens seeking change. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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