Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Stamper, Vesper

 Publisher:  Knopf (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: ix, 431 p., ill., map, 23 cm

 BTSB No: 842958 ISBN: 9780593428368
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Twins -- Fiction
 Brothers -- Fiction
 Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989 -- Fiction
 Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990 -- Fiction

Price: $25.38

A riveting story about the rivalry between two brothers living on opposite sides of the Berlin wall during its construction in the 1960s, and how their complicated legacy and dreams of greatness will determine their ultimate fate.

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (08/15/22)
   School Library Journal (10/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/11/22)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/11/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2022 Gr 10 Up—Stamper's new book richly mixes story and art during the torrid 1960s of Berlin, Germany. Twin teenage brothers Rudi and Peter have heard "twins against the world" all their life. Now in their teens, two experiences are causing strain: their parents' marriage, and the political climate beside their own growing divide. Little do they know that the Berlin Wall will be erected, which will catalyze Rudi and Peter's disdain. Choices about which career to embark on when the artistic ones seem like fantasies, who to ally with, and when to push back against tightening restrictions provide profound conflict. The incorporation of Stamper's illustrations provides a layer of richness, though there are missed opportunities at pivotal scenes to do more. The second device of dual points of view speeds up and slows down the action with tempered chapters over a year's worth of time. Tension ebbs and flows with the changing narrative as the family's history unfurls and their mother is institutionalized. Made stronger by the noir mood immersing readers, the palpable build-up in story comes from Stamper's research and understanding as a German-born creator. This is an ambitious work with a strong sense of justice. VERDICT A historical fiction title set in Europe in 1961, this will need a place on the shelf for zealous teen readers whose favorite authors include Julie Berry and Ruta Sepetys.—Alicia Abdul - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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