Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bounders (Bounders)
 Author: Tesler, Monica

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 366 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 876489 ISBN: 9781481445931
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Astronauts -- Fiction
 Science fiction
 Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

Book 1--Thirteen years ago, Earth Force-a space-military agency-discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they've brought together the first team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as high-level astronauts. Twelve-year-old Jasper and his new friends learn untold secrets about Earth Force and that they weren't recruited for astronaut training as they were told, but to learn how to teleport using a technology stolen from an alien society.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 181700
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 19.0   Quiz: 66789

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (10/01/15)
   Booklist (12/15/15)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/15/2015 Several years ago, Earth Force, the combined space and military agencies of Earth, created the Bounder Baby Breeding Program after discovering that kids with a certain brain structure are perfect for space travel. Now Jasper and his fellow Bounders are off to the EarthBound Academy for their first space mission and to begin their aeronaut training. After Jasper and his fellow podmates start to explore the academy and see a strange alien, they learn that there is more to the Bounder Program than they imagined. During lessons on how to bound (transport) through space and fly with blast packs, Jasper and his friends work to uncover their true mission. The world building is lacking at times, and the plot lags between the action, but Jasper and his podmates are likable, and the EarthBound Academy is essentially middle school in space. The suspense builds at the end, and unanswered questions will leave readers eager for more. A sci-fi space adventure sure to please middle-graders looking to get hooked on a new series. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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