Bound To Stay Bound

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 Roar of the beast (Cardboard Kingdom)
 Author: Sell, Chad

 Publisher:  Knopf (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 281 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 792204 ISBN: 9780593125540
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Imagination -- Fiction
 Costume -- Fiction
 Cardboard -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $24.68

Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers and no one is able to change his mind or lift his spirit. Nate breaks his leg pursuing a monster that he saw lurking around from his bedroom window after dark. No one believes what he saw until others have sightings of the monster roaming the Kingdom after dark. What is it and who created it? In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 512877

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/21)
   School Library Journal (07/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2021 Gr 4–7—This sequel to the highly acclaimed Cardboard Kingdom sees the characters growing up and facing new conflicts. Autumn is in the air and, with it, big plans for Halloween—which are disrupted when Nate accidentally breaks a leg investigating what appears to be a mysterious monster. The continuing search for the creature and the danger it represents play out alongside encounters with hostile local teenagers. Characters are isolated by fear, self-doubt, loneliness, hubris, depression, and secrecy, but they are ultimately united in their friendships and concern for one another. The artwork serves the children's world of make-believe, switching freely between plain reality and how they see themselves in character. Sell employs emotive faces for this diverse bunch, with lots of curved eyebrows and unique expressions across countless group shots. The monster catalyst leads to subtle but significant character developments, including the blossoming romance between Nate and Miguel. Broken up into themed chapters, each with its own cover image, the narrative hops around a neighborhood's worth of mischief. VERDICT Another engrossing adventure that rewards imagination and empathy.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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