Bound To Stay Bound

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 Mez's magic (Lost rainforest)
 Author: Schrefer, Eliot

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 357 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 789859 ISBN: 9780062491077
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Panthers -- Fiction
 Rain forest animals -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction
 Adventure fiction
Adventure Fiction
Fantasy Fiction

Price: $20.88

[First book] Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family's den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil.

 Illustrator: Dziubak, Emilia

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 193444

   School Library Journal (11/01/17)
   Booklist (11/15/17)

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School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Deep in the rainforest, there are animals who are daywalkers and those who are nightwalkers, and it is unnatural for the groups to ever meet. Mez, a young panther who lives with her aunt, sister, and cousins, is not content with walking only at night. While her family sleeps, she explores beyond their cave, making her a shadowwalker. When a constrictor named Auriel comes calling for Mez, she succumbs to his plea to join other shadowwalkers in defeating the ant queen who is imprisoned in the ziggurat. The animals are all heavily anthropomorphized, each with their own distinct personality. As with most adventure stories, the protagonists must contend with obstacles and villains to reach their ultimate goal. It is the camaraderie of the group, and their ability to work together, that makes this tale so charming. Readers will be cheering when Mez and the gang figure out the riddle of the ziggurat. VERDICT Just right for middle grade readers who want an engrossing fantasy adventure.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Avondale, LA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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