Bound To Stay Bound

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 Hold back the tide
 Author: Salisbury, Melinda

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 321 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 774786 ISBN: 9781338681307
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 City and town life -- Fiction

Price: $22.78

Everyone in this quiet lakeside community knows that Alva's father killed her mother, all those years ago. There wasn't enough proof to arrest him, so Alva's been forced to live with her mother's murderer. One of her chores is to monitor water levels in the loch-a task her father takes very seriously. It's a cold, lonely task, and she swears she feels someone watching her. Rumors spread of dark creatures rising from the loch and Alva realizes the horror may connect to secrets of her past.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 511008

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/20)
   Booklist (01/01/21)

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Booklist - 01/01/2021 Sixteen-year-old Alva Douglas is biding her time until she can flee the tiny cottage in the Scottish Highlands she shares with her father. Her father is the Naomhfhuil (caretaker of the loch), a sacred, legacy position from the time when the villagers worshipped the loch gods—gods that, according to legend, were killed by an earthquake centuries ago. Alva and her father are unwelcome in the village, but they take their duty seriously, so Alva doesn’t understand why her father hasn’t reported the loch’s disastrously low level. She ignores her disquiet, planning her escape—until she finds past caretakers’ secret chronicles and villagers start to disappear. Salisbury’s scary, emotional thriller is set in an undefined historical period, rich with atmospheric detail. Alva is a smart, take-charge survivalist, despite experiencing vulnerability, and her two male friends are equally compelling. The slow reveal of the truth—the nature of the loch gods and Alva’s family’s connection to them—is heartbreaking and terrifying. From the arresting beginning to its tragic end, this is an excellent horror novel. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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