Bound To Stay Bound

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 Treasure island : runaway gold
 Author: Rhodes, Jewell Parker

 Publisher:  Quill Tree Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 322 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 749457 ISBN: 9780062998354
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Buried treasure -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

Reimagines the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson in this thrilling adventure set in modern-day Manhattan, in which three kids must navigate the city's hidden history, dodge a threatening crew of skater kids, and decide who they can really trust in order to hunt down a long-buried treasure.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 522346

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/23)
   Booklist (+) (02/15/24)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/08/2023 *Starred Review* “Yeah, I know,” young narrator Zane writes. “Pirate treasure in Rockaway? Queens? Ridiculous.” But aarrgh, mateys, there do be a trove of long-lost loot in this modern-day version of the Robert Louis Stevenson yarn! Rhodes doesn’t so much rewrite the classic as borrow elements from it wholesale—from the fatal “Black Spot” and a treasure map passed to Zane by a salty old sea captain at his mom’s boarding house to a gang of (skateboarding) pirates led by a smooth talking hustler named “John,” who is kitted out with dreads, a parrot named “Captain Flint,” and a ring of (wink, wink) silver. That map, it turns out, leads not only to rousing “island” adventures aplenty but also to eye-opening revelations about the history of enslaved and free African Americans in New York as Zane; his trusty terrier, Hip-Hop; and loyal friend Kiko Kitaji engage in a breathless round of chases, ambushes, captures, and betrayals in their search for the glittering prize. Along with awesome skateboarding exploits, the author punctuates her protagonist’s choppy, fast-break narrative with appropriately dramatic, dark-toned illustrations of figures in tense stances against photographic backgrounds. The whirl of conflicting loyalties, quick pacing, acts of courage and cowardice, pirates, and high stakes create the same rich, compelling mix that makes the original such a timeless read. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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