Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Thomas, Kiah

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 223 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 879108 ISBN: 9781797210780
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Gifted children -- Fiction
 Parapsychology -- Fiction
 Mother-son relationship -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $21.88

In Elipsom the ability to call, or summon objects, is a coveted skill, and Quintus Octavius is from a family of powerful Callers, but Quin does not have the gift. He's mortified when his mother and sister cheat for him at his test; and in frustration he makes something disappear and finds all the objects Callers summon are not conjured, but come from Evantra, a place they've been pillaging for years--and pulled into Evantra, he meets Allie who is determined to retrieve what has been stolen.

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/22)
   Booklist (03/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/03/22)
 The Hornbook (00/07/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2022 On the barren continent of Elipsom, Callers hold the power, sustaining society with the apparent ability to conjure objects from nothing. Quin’s intimidating mother heads the Council of Callers, and although their family has led for generations, Quin is unable to Call. When he is suddenly and mysteriously transported across the planet to another continent called Evantra, he learns that Calling, in fact, steals objects from this land. Callers have been oppressing Evantra in secret, exploiting forced labor in order to maintain Elipsom’s prosperity, and Quin must decide between loyalty to his family or to the self he is coming to discover. Thomas’ debut middle-grade novel is poignant in its simplicity, with tight, effective prose, a slim page count, and a minimal style of world building that allows readers to concentrate on the thought-provoking questions being raised about oppression, consumerism, and our relationship to our planet, as well as Quin’s search for identity outside of his family’s legacy. A refreshing, affecting work that shows what thoughtful fantasy can do. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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