Bound To Stay Bound

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 Conjure island
 Author: Royce, Eden

 Publisher:  Walden Pond Press (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 307 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 769369 ISBN: 9780062899613
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Great-grandmothers -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Islands -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

Delphinia Baker is forced to spend the summer with a great-grandmother she's never met--only to discover she runs a school for Southern conjure magic and is surrounded by witches, kids with strange abilities, creatures and ghosts who speak to her.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 521688

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/23)
   Booklist (05/15/23)
 The Hornbook (00/07/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/15/2023 Del Baker has never known what it’s like to have a large family, or “roots,” as her grandmother says. It has always just been her, her grandmother, and her father, who is frequently deployed. When her grandmother gets ill, Del finds out that she has a great- grandmother who lives on an island in South Carolina. Further surprises arise as Del learns that not only did her grandmother keep her own mother a secret, but she also hid the fact that she comes from a magical community. Del is soon immersed in the enticing world of conjure magic, a branch of magic that stems from her ancestors who were once enslaved. Royce has created a unique world that celebrates the magic and folklore of the African diaspora. This book has a quieter plot than other fantasy adventures, deferring instead to the internal struggles of identity, familial belonging, and friendship. An excellent read for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a world of magic. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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