Bound To Stay Bound

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 Story thieves (Story thieves)
 Author: Riley, James

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 383 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 754302 ISBN: 9781481409193
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Books and reading -- Fiction
 Characters and characteristics in literature -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Magic -- Fiction

Price: $22.98

[Bk. 1] Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen's life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 173511
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 64257

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/14)
   School Library Journal (11/01/14)
   Booklist (12/15/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2014 Gr 4–6—When Owen sees Bethany climb out of a book, he learns that she is half fictional and is searching for her missing father. While Owen sympathizes, he also immediately sees the possibilities for fame, fortune, and glory. Owen's real life is boring, his mother works too much, his teacher gives him stupid assignments, and his classmates don't get him at all. If Bethany would just take him into the new Kiel Gnomenfoot book, he'd save the day and be a hero. When Owen sneaks into the story and sets in motion a series of really terrible events, he realizes he wasn't ready for fame and glory. Owen learns a lot about how to be a true friend and what courage really is in this fast-paced, action-packed tale. A fun book for fans who enjoyed Riley's "Half Upon a Time" (Aladdin) series.—Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/15/2014 Here’s a whole new look at getting lost in your favorite book. Bethany is half fictional and has the ability to jump into any book. Her father was lost in a book years before, and since then Bethany has been trying to figure out which book it was. When her classmate Owen discovers Bethany’s secret, he wants nothing more than to jump into his favorite fantasy series, Kiel Gnomenfoot. Though Bethany is reluctant to share her ability due to her self-styled rules (no messing with the book’s story, no talking to characters), she relents, believing in a spell that might help locate her dad. Of course, things go wrong, characters come out of the book and into the real world, and their fictional adventures become all too real. Aimed at avid readers (the Kiel stories are a spoof of the Harry Potter books), this series starter is packed with humor, adventure, and twists, and it bodes quite well for the second volume. Giddy, book-based fun. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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