Bound To Stay Bound

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 Good thieves
 Author: Rundell, Katherine

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 264 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 771081 ISBN: 9781481419482
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Adventure fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Grandfathers -- Fiction
 Theft -- Fiction
 People with disabilities -- Fiction
 New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951 -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

In 1920s New York City, a young girl with a deformed foot recruits her new friends, a female pickpocket and two circus performers, to help recover an emerald from her grandfather's mansion in upstate New York after he loses his home to an unscrupulous tycoon.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 503907

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/19)
   Booklist (07/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)
 The Hornbook (00/11/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2019 Rundell (The Explorer, 2017) imparts her childlike sense of wonder to her latest novel, a caper set in 1920s Manhattan, populated by gangsters, circus performers, and pickpockets. It’s to this intoxicating scene that Vita Marlowe arrives with her mother, in order to move her ailing grandfather to England with them. As Grandpa recounts how conniving Victor Sorrotore tricked him out of his home, Hudson Castle, Vita devises a plan to steal back an emerald necklace hidden there and use it to buy back Hudson Castle. Passionate, intelligent Vita sneaks around the city, undeterred by her painful leg—a polio souvenir—recruiting uniquely talented kids for the execution of her plan. The intrigue and excitement of the heist plot is supported by fantastic historical elements, such as the indoor circus once held in Carnegie Hall. Vita tests her own limits, and readers will thrill at her cleverness, tenacity, and close escapes. For all the high-flying exploits, the narrative is anchored in familial love and the bonds of friendship, rendering it a satisfying read at every level. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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