Bound To Stay Bound

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 One small hop
 Author: Rosenberg, Madelyn

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 241 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 764628 ISBN: 9781338565614
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Bullfrogs -- Fiction
 Frogs -- Fiction
 Endangered species -- Fiction
 Climate change -- Fiction
 Environmental degradation -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Science fiction
 Maine -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Ahab Goldstein is a seventh-grader living in a United States (specifically Maine) where the environment has turned toxic, and the corrupt Environmental Police Force is in control, limiting access to natural resources. So when Ahab and his friends find a real live bullfrog on an island in the toxic harbor, possibly the last one in America, they are faced with a choice--turn it over (NO!), leave it alone, or bike to Canada to find it a mate.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 511611

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/21)
   School Library Journal (00/06/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2021 Gr 4–7—Picture a world where it's always a "good day to be indoors," where field trips are taken through VR goggles, and your water usage is monitored by tickets. Set on the coast of Maine close to what was once the Atlantic Ocean but is now referred to as the "New Dead Sea," this cautionary tale raises the question: Is this the (not-so-distant) future? Rosenberg takes readers on an adventure with Ahab and his friends on a quest to find what they think is the last bullfrog in North America. This humorous adventure is filled with laughs as well as thought-provoking details about climate change and conservation. Story lines involving friends and "frenemies" alike root the book in contemporary tween concerns while prompting them to ask how they can help the planet. VERDICT A quick read and one that will grab readers' attention from the first page and hold it to the end; a strong purchase for any library that wants to keep up with the environmental times.—Joanne Albano, Commack P.L., NY - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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