Bound To Stay Bound

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 Do you know me?
 Author: Scott, Libby

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 309 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 792732 ISBN: 9781338656152
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Autism -- Fiction
 Camps -- Fiction
 Bullies -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Tally Olivia Adams is a twelve-year-old (just) autistic girl faced with the prospect of a week-long end-of-the-year class trip, which worries her, because there will be "teams" and "activities" and "competition" all of which terrifies her, especially when she finds out she is not bunking with her friend Aleksandra; the other girls on her team are often nasty, especially Skye--and Tally needs all the life-skills she has learned to cope with and expose the bully, and maybe make some friends.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Westcott, Rebecca
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 514305

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/21)
   School Library Journal (05/14/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/14/2021 Gr 4–6—The follow-up novel to Can You See Me? continues the story of Tally Adams, sixth grader extraordinaire. Tally has many parts of being an almost-12-year-old autistic kid figured out. Chapters written in the third person explain Tally's life and her days at home and school. Between chapters, readers get insight into Tally's personal thoughts through journal entries. Tally and her class are wrapping up the school year (one that was evidently fraught with the oh-so-normal change of best friends) by attending GoCamp for a week. This is no small task for a girl who is managing her anxiety on a day-to-day, and sometimes minute-by-minute, basis. Tally's parents and teachers assure her she will be fine at camp and can handle this, despite all of her fears. At camp, things get off to a rocky start, complete with mean girls and bullying. Fortunately, Tally perseveres and finds she has more friends than she realized and has gained a few more along the way. Tally, who is white, is very self aware and conscious of her autism; the lists she includes in her journal entries of how she would like teachers and friends to treat her are fantastic recommendations for anyone. VERDICT A great fit for any middle grade collection, particularly those wanting to showcase how differences can help people connect with one another. Hand to readers who enjoyed Cynthia Lord's Rules or Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s.—Kim Gardner, Fort Worth Country Day Sch., TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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