Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ebb & flow
 Author: Smith, Heather

 Publisher:  Kids Can Press
 Pub Year: 2018

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 227 p.,  23 cm

 BTSB No: 827244 ISBN: 9781771388382
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Novels in verse -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction

Price: $20.01

Last year, Jett and his mother had moved to a new town for a fresh start after his father went to jail. But Jett soon learned that fresh starts aren't all they're cracked up to be. When he befriended a boy with a difficult home life, Jett found himself in a cycle of bad decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend--a shameful secret he still hasn't forgiven himself for. Will a summer spent with his grandmother help Jett find his way to redemption?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 500424

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/18)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/03/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 4–6—This touching verse novel begins with Jett headed to the East Coast to stay with his grandmother for the summer. Jett had a rough year: his father went to prison, and normally kind Jett joined forces with a bully to vent some of his anger and wound up in deep trouble for stealing from an adult with intellectual disabilities. Readers learn about Jett's recent past through flashbacks and the stories he tells Grandma Jo. The time with his "Cotton Candy Granny" is exactly what the boy needs. They collect sea glass at the beach and Jett realizes that "even after all that battering," the glass survives. His unconditionally loving Grandma's influence soothes Jett's troubled soul, and he emerges forgiven by the man he betrayed and forgives himself. Although the complete healing is somewhat idealized, this is a powerful and poetic story of emotional endurance. VERDICT Full of charm and small bits of wisdom, this redemption story will find wide appeal among fans of middle grade realistic fiction.—Elaine Fultz, Madison Jr. Sr. High School, Middletown, OH - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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