Bound To Stay Bound

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 To Night Owl from Dogfish
 Author: Sloan, Holly Goldberg

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers/ Dutton Children's Books (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 295 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 824677 ISBN: 9780525553236
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Father & daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Gay fathers -- Fiction
 Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction
 Camps -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Text messages (Cell phone systems) -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through emails.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Wolitzer, Meg

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 500553
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 76706

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/18)
   School Library Journal (02/01/19)
   Booklist (02/15/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/03/19)
 The Hornbook (00/03/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/15/2019 Two popular writers team up for a Where’d You Go, Bernadette–esque tale for the middle-school set. An entire country lies between anxious New Yorker Avery Bloom and adventurous Bett Devlin, but there’s something powerful connecting them: their dads are in love. At first horrified at the prospect of becoming—gulp—sisters, the two surprise themselves by bonding at a summer sleepaway camp while their dads motorcycle their way across China. But when their dads’ relationship sours, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get them back together. Even if the target readership eschews email these days, they’ll be hard-pressed not to be laughing out loud at the witty, clever email and letter repartee among the girls, their dads, and the rest of the supporting cast. Though the story lacks the emotional depth of more true-to-life novels dealing with blended families, such as Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick’s Naomis Too (2018), its escalating stakes and Parent Trap–like setup is sure to appeal to both authors’ fan bases. Alternately heartwarming and hilarious. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 Gr 4–6—Sloan and Wolitzer offer a middle-grade novel about friendship and sisterhood. Written in an epistolary format, it is a thoroughly current story told through e-mail exchanges between two 12-year-old girls. Avery Bloom receives an e-mail entitled "You don't know me" from one Bett Devlin, informing her their fathers are in love, and that they have devised a plan for the tweens to meet at a summer camp. Initially reticent, the girls plot to sabotage their fathers' plans until they realize they may have more in common than they had realized. They find in each other a confidant with whom they can share the stresses of adolescence and they form a friendship sustained by humor and vulnerability. This is a convincing and heartwarming look into the experiences of female friendship and is enhanced by the charming and riveting love story between the girls' fathers. While remaining lighthearted, the narrative successfully weaves in important topics like puberty, religion, surrogacy, race, and sexual orientation, reminiscent of Judy Blume's signature style. VERDICT An imaginative and compelling middle-grade novel depicting modern friendships and modern families.—Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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