Bound To Stay Bound

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 Boy who failed show and tell
 Author: Sonnenblick, Jordan

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 206 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 834907 ISBN: 9781338647235
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 School stories
 Humorous fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

In a typical school year, every kid has one or two things go wrong. But for Jordan, there's A LOT going wrong ALL THE TIME. By keeping his cool (some of the time), banging on the drums (a lot), and keeping his sense of humor (all the time), Jordan's going to try to make it through the year. Based on the author's fourth grade year.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 511018

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/20)
   Booklist (01/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/03/21)

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Booklist - 01/01/2021 Most fourth-graders start the school year with a combination of hope and trepidation. But for Jordan, whose asthma medication makes it hard to sit still (let alone concentrate), hope plummets on the first morning, when he’s unable to parrot back his spiteful teacher’s “Third Rule for Successful and Mature Fourth Graders.” Some memoirs record parts of the author’s childhood, but few offer such a vivid portrayal of a single year, from the scent of new crayons melting on the classroom radiator to the shock of being slapped by his teacher. Written in present tense and illustrated with amusing line drawings at intervals, the first-person narrative features episodes told in detail, often with wry wit. These include nine-year-old Jordan bringing his pet snake for show-and-tell, taking his first drum lessons, and changing schools midway through the year. With new classmates, new challenges, and a wonderful teacher, the story’s tone gradually shifts as the boy finds his way. A welcome choice for kids with memoir assignments and a pleasure for fans of Sonnenblick’s chapter books. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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