Bound To Stay Bound

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 Secret sheriff of sixth grade
 Author: Sonnenblick, Jordan

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 193 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 834872 ISBN: 9780545863209
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Mother-son relationship -- Fiction
 Alcoholism -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Bullies -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

Maverick Falconer is just starting middle school and he wishes he were a hero like his father because maybe then he could deal with his mother's drinking and series of abusive boyfriends, not to mention the kids who bully him in middle school (pretty much the same ones who bullied him in elementary school)--but as the year passes he begins to realize that other kids have problems too, and maybe if they can all survive sixth-grade things will get better.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 190935
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 71887

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/17)
   Booklist (+) (07/01/17)
 The Hornbook (00/09/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2017 *Starred Review* Disheartened that he’s unable to protect his mother from her latest abusive boyfriend, Maverick decides to model his sixth-grade persona on his favorite superheroes (Spider-Man and Captain America) by doing good deeds and protecting smaller, weaker kids at school. “Assuming I could find anybody smaller or weaker than I was.” From his first official visit to the assistant principal’s office (within an hour of starting middle school) to his last one, when he realizes who his heroes really are and what he wants to become in seventh grade, this engaging first-person narrative captures idealism trampled—but also transformed into something more durable and worthwhile. Maverick is a conscientious kid in a household where the refrigerator is often empty and the single parent is loving, if also alcoholic, needy, and dysfunctional, and he makes for a memorable character among many who are realistically complex and contradictory. The girl who disparages Maverick secretly admires him. The “smaller, weaker” boy who rejects his blundering attempt to rescue him later becomes an on-again, off-again friend. Meanwhile, after months of tormenting Maverick, the bully delivers a hard, damaging punch, followed by a surprising act of self-sacrifice and courage. The adult characters are just as quirky, well-drawn, and believable. A rewarding novel, lit with flashes of irrepressible humor. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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