Bound To Stay Bound

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 Tito the Bonecrusher
 Author: Thomson, Melissa

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 232 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 881497 ISBN: 9780374303532
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Unauthorized immigrants -- Fiction
 Father-son relationship -- Fiction
 Wrestlers -- Fiction
 Escapes -- Fiction
Humorous Fiction
Family Life

Price: $20.88

In a funny and heartfelt romp, Oliver enlists the help of his favorite pro-wrestler to spring his dad from a Florida correctional center.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 503112
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 76720

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/19)
   Booklist (03/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2019 Fifth-grader Oliver’s divorced dad is headed for prison (for unspecified financial chicanery), but of course he must be innocent. Who better to consult on an escape plan than pro wrestler and action film star Tito the Bonecrusher, whose movies all involve rescuing hostages or captives? With this line of reasoning, Oliver and his capable best friend Brianna, aptly nicknamed Brain, launch a complex scheme to crash a charity ball that the always-masked hero is scheduled to attend, while, unsurprisingly, keeping parents, stepparents, and school officials in the dark. It would be fair to say that everything proceeds to go amiss, though help from unexpected allies and one humongous coincidence balances the scales. Thomson endows her protagonist with an emotional intelligence that plays uncomfortably against both his naïveté and his unappealing habit of cheating on tests, copying homework, and lying to teachers without more than passing flickers of guilt. Still, his mishaps, his intense hero worship, and the multiple elements of wish fulfillment in his quixotic agenda will strike sympathetic chords in middle-grade readers. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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