Bound To Stay Bound

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 Everything I Know (YA Verse)
 Author: Seldeen, Claudia Recinos

 Publisher: West 44 (-1)

 Classification: Fiction
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 BTSB No: 796431 ISBN: 9781978596771
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

Price: $13.41

Mia's world crumbles when she finds out she has to move across the country. Mia's autism makes it hard to handle new situations. She struggles to relate to strangers and to make new friends. Everyone at Mia's old school was familiar with her autism. But life at her new school is different. Kids don't understand Mia's behaviors and needs. How can Mia survive when she's so far away from everything she knows?

   School Library Journal (09/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2023 Gr 6 Up—Mila is autistic. She can tell you everything she knows about her school's layout, locker, classes, and friend Chris. When her family decides to move to Boston for her dad's job, Mila's world gets turned upside down. She has a hard time relating to people. Her new school is noisy, but she's worried she'll be made fun of for wearing headphones. Can she learn to fit in and adjust to her new life? The author's writing style is simple and engaging in this story told in verse. The characters are relatable and experience growth. Character dynamics feel slightly stifled at the start of the story but feel more natural towards the end, which plays into the development of the characters' arcs. Layout is dyslexic-friendly with heavy bottom fonts, letter spacing, and white space. Secondary characters' backgrounds are unknown, but Mia and her family cue as Latinx. The book is written at a second to third grade reading level. VERDICT Striving readers who like school stories, books dealing with autism, and making new friends will enjoy. Recommended for library collections where school tales and novels in verse are popular.—Kira Moody - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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