Bound To Stay Bound

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 City of ghosts
 Author: Schwab, Victoria

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press
 Pub Year: 2018

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 285 p., map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 790896 ISBN: 9781338111002
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Ghosts -- Fiction
 Haunted places -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the "Veil" that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts (not that she wants to) and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach; however her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world's most haunted places starting with Edinburgh with its graveyards, castles, and restless phantoms--and Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 197414
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 75144

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/18)
   School Library Journal (08/01/18)
   Booklist (06/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2018 A near-death experience leaves Cassidy Blake altered and with a ghost named Jacob for a best friend, their existences somehow entwined. She can also sense other ghosts and, when she chooses, pull back “the Veil” between the living world and the dead to visit spirits caught in a kind of limbo. When her parents—paranormal investigators, who, ironically, can’t see Jacob—begin hosting a ghost-hunting TV show, the Blakes travel to Scotland to film in Edinburgh’s most haunted areas, which exercise an alarmingly strong pull on Cass. As she and Jacob puzzle through why this might be, they meet another girl who not only has the same ability as Cass but reveals the ability’s purpose. Schwab ratchets up the tension when a malevolent ghost targets Cass, putting her life on the line once more. Readers craving a spooky story that won’t terrorize their dreams will do well with this. Genuine frights are offset by Cass’ rapport with Jacob, which injects a steady stream of humor into the spirited, mysterious narrative. A polished, fast-paced read, sure to be popular.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Schwab’s YA fantasies are regularly best-sellers, and this has every reason to follow suit. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2018 Gr 4–8—Cassidy is looking forward to a mostly ghost-free summer vacation when her parents, paranormal history authors, break the news that, instead of a summer at the shore, their family will be traveling to Edinburgh to investigate the most haunted places in Scotland. This trip of a lifetime is exciting but also scary for Cassidy, who has the power to cross "the Veil" and see ghosts ever since her brush with death. Thankfully, her best friend, a ghost named Jacob, comes along for the trip and helps her navigate the haunted streets of Edinburgh. Cass encounters some scary haunts and is forced to reckon with the strongest ghost she has ever met, all while learning the true purpose of her powers. Schwab paints an eerie portrait of haunted locales and her descriptions of the various ghosts and their terrible ends will send shivers down even the bravest readers' spines. She also portrays modern Edinburgh with accuracy, and readers will be eager to look up pictures of the medieval castle looming over modern streets. The story moves quickly, and children will be intrigued enough to keep reading even in light of the terrifying events. VERDICT This fast-paced, spooky ghost story filled with international adventure is sure to please horror enthusiasts and armchair travelers.—Ellen Conlin, Naperville Public Library, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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