Bound To Stay Bound

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 After the shot drops
 Author: Ribay, Randy

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 328 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 749468 ISBN: 9781328702272
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Subjects:
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Basketball -- Fiction
 Scholarships -- Fiction
 Family life -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Fiction
 Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

Summary:
Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 198526
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 18.0   Quiz: 71901



Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 POPGr 8 Up—A dually narrated story of two teen boys, Bunny and Nasir, struggling with a dying friendship shapes Ribay's latest. Nasir feels abandoned after Bunny leaves their school to attend an upscale private school to play basketball and is dating Keyona, a girl he had always been interested in. The season is going well and the team, led by Bunny, is on its way to winning a state title. But Nasir's friend Wallace is digging himself deeper into debt and physical trouble, placing bets on high school games and against Bunny's specifically. Nasir then becomes complicit in sabotaging Bunny's chances with explosive and life-altering consequences. Not only is the book well-paced with short chapters switching perspectives, the secondary characters are rich in detail, and Bunny and Nasir are fully realized protagonists with families, friendship, school, and sports. Drama propels the story forward while its emotional appeal builds empathy for both boys' circumstances. Seamlessly, tension exacerbates the weighty choices that come with their responsibilities. And while the climax is predictable, it feels inevitable. The trajectory of each boy's future is in the hands of the third teen, Wallace. Without a doubt, Ribay's compelling book belongs on the shelf alongside contemporary heavy-hitters like Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds's All-American Boys, and Nic Stone's Dear Martin. VERDICT A must-have for YA shelves.—Alicia Abdul, Albany High School, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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