Bound To Stay Bound

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 Cup and the crown
 Author: Stanley, Diane

 Publisher:  Harper (2012)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 344 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 844109 ISBN: 9780061963216
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Drinking cups -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Clairvoyance -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Kings and rulers -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $6.50

At King Alaric's urging, Molly sets off on a quest for a magical loving cup (a goblet that binds people together), and her journey leads her to the hidden city of her ancestors, which proves to be as dangerous as it is mysterious.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 156760
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 17.0   Quiz: 59324

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/12)
   School Library Journal (10/01/12)
   Booklist (11/01/12)
 The Hornbook (00/11/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2012 Gr 5–8—Molly is a lady of Westria now, raised from servant to noble status by King Alaric in The Silver Bowl (HarperCollins, 2011). Political unrest with neighboring kingdoms means Alaric must secure an alliance by marrying a princess who doesn't want to marry him. He asks Molly to find the Loving Cup, rumored to be made by her grandfather, which will cause anyone who drinks from it to fall in love. He assembles a crew, including Tobias, friend of Molly and fellow former peasant, to go on a quest to find the cup. The journey leads them to Harrowsgode, the land of Molly's magical ancestors, but this village has a sinister secret, and in order to keep it, no one is ever allowed to leave. Richard the Ratcatcher, a particularly well-rounded and delightful character, is key to helping the Westrians complete their mission and escape. The fast-moving adventure is wildly creative, and suspense builds on every page. Readers who already know Molly will be happy to see her again, but this story stands alone. Background information is skillfully placed, and it never interrupts or bogs down the new tale. The strong friendship between Molly and Tobias and slightly awkward growing feelings for one another is sweet and feels genuine. A story to be cherished and read again and again.—Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/01/2012 When Molly’s friend, young King Alaric, sends her on a quest to find an enchanted “loving cup,” she discovers a hidden city, Harrowsgode, where magic is common and where she will find links to her own past and perhaps threats of a forbidding future. As in the first novel of Molly’s adventures, the well-received The Silver Bowl (2011), the former scullery maid is reluctant to reveal her own powers, which might prove her undoing or perhaps her salvation. Elements of contrivance and episodes requiring willing suspensions of disbelief occasionally weaken this sequel’s plot, but the setting remains strong, and Molly and her best friend Tobias continue to be thoroughly engaging characters. An open ending promises a third volume of Molly’s adventures, which will surely delight Stanley fans. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.

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