Bound To Stay Bound

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 Million dollar race
 Author: Smith, Matthew Ross

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 215 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 827138 ISBN: 9781534420274
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Contests -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

When Grant Falloon's dreams of winning the Babblemoney Games are hindered by his parents' alternative lifestyle, he creates his own internet country to get back into the competition.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 511184

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/20)
   Booklist (12/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2020 In twin tributes to sports and social conscience presented through a mix of well-lead narrative, texts, and transcribed sound clips, young athletes cleverly subvert an unscrupulous shoe company’s marketing stunt. Thirteen-year-old track star Grant Falloon is thrilled when the Babblemoney Sneaker Company announces a pair of sprints open to a young runner of each sex from each country. Unfortunately, his ex-hippie parents never got him the birth certificate he needs to register, then his best friend and chief rival Jay Fa’atasi wins the right to represent the U.S. But little brother Franny, a seasoned vlogger, has a wild idea: found a personal country online. Grant’s already conflicted feelings rise to a new pitch with the arrival of disturbing evidence of ugly working conditions at Babblemoney’s factories in southeast Asia. The girls’ race gets barely a glance here, but Smith provides white Grant and Samoan Jay with close, loving families and wheels in a flint-hearted corporate CEO of deceptively grandmotherly public mien. Action on and off the track invites cheers from sports fans and budding activists alike. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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