Bound To Stay Bound

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 My Jasper June
 Author: Snyder, Laurel

 Publisher:  Walden Pond Press (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 291 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 833248 ISBN: 9780062836625
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Grief -- Fiction
 Child abuse -- Fiction
 Homeless persons -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

The story of two girls dealing with separate hardships, and one summer that changes both their lives. Leah, a white Jewish 13-year-old, has been dealing with grief along with her parents after the drowning death of her younger brother. Jasper, 14, is on the run from an abusive home situation, living in an abandoned cottage. Will their friendship be enough to save them both?

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.00
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 503908
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 77413

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
   Booklist (08/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)

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Booklist - 08/01/2019 Leah, 13, is not looking forward to summer. Ever since her brother drowned, she hasn't had much enthusiasm for anything. Her parents are distant in their grieving, and Leah herself has wandered away from her friends, since she feels like no one can understand her. So she's especially surprised when she meets an interesting and outgoing girl named Jasper while she's out wandering the countryside by her home. Jasper is everything Leah currently is not—adventurous and willing to take risks—and soon the girls enter into a sudden friendship and Jasper helps Leah confront her grief. However, Jasper's life is not as sunny as it seems. She is hiding her own dark secrets—she's run away from an abusive home and is living in an abandoned house. Will Leah be able to offer her new friend the same support and protection Jasper offered her or will she betray Jasper's secrets and ruin their friendship? Leah's first-person narrative acutely gets at the varied, sometimes volatile experience of grief, and tweens who like emotionally raw storytelling will likely be hooked. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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