Bound To Stay Bound

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 Language of seabirds
 Author: Taylor, Will

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 237 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 840148 ISBN: 9781338753738
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Gays -- Fiction
 Summer -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Jeremy is not excited about the prospect of spending the summer with his dad and his uncle in a seaside cabin in Oregon. It's the first summer after his parents' divorce, and his father has now become a short-tempered alcoholic. But Jeremy meets Evan, a boy his own age who helps him escape his family problems as they explore the local beach together. Jeremy begins to wonder if their friendship could become something more.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/22)
   Booklist (04/01/22)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/09/22)

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Booklist - 04/01/2022 Jeremy, 12, is spending two weeks on the Oregon coast with his father and uncle after his parents divorce. He is still processing the changes and his awareness that he is gay, which make him want to stay behind a glass window that will keep the world out. Then he meets Evan, who introduces him to running, and his life seems to change for the better. He and Evan create a coded language using the names of species of birds found on the Oregon coast (cormorant means beautiful, for example). Meanwhile, Jeremy's formerly fun parent has doubled down on being the responsible parent, but his erratic behavior and his growing reliance on alcohol alienates him from Jeremy. Taylor's involving narrative is gentle and luminous. The developing relationship is convincing and appealing, but more important is Jeremy's emergence from his hiding place within himself. Jeremy is insightful in that he understands he can't make future decisions until he sorts through the enormous changes in his life. Taylor's novel is poignant, moving, and totally cormorant. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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