Bound To Stay Bound

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 Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger)
 Author: Timberlake, Amy

 Publisher:  Algonquin Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 124 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 882846 ISBN: 9781643750057
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Badgers -- Fiction
 Skunks -- Fiction
 Chickens -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Roommates -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
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The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down (and where on earth did all the chickens come from)--but after he drives Skunk and his chickens away, Badger starts to miss his roommate and sets out to find him and make amends.

 Illustrator: Klassen, Jon

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 509525

   School Library Journal (00/09/20)
   Booklist (01/01/24)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/20)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/01/21)

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2020 Gr 2–5—Badger is a quiet, solitary geologist intent on his important rock work. Skunk is an outgoing, friendly, unwelcome new roommate. They have nothing in common. Aunt Lula must have been crazy to suggest it—this is never going to work out. But, the more time they spend together, the more they learn about each other. Maybe they have more in common than they realized, and maybe being roommates is just what they both needed. And who knew chickens were such conversationalists and story lovers? In a classic odd-couple pairing, Badger and Skunk show how opposites attract and that making friends means opening yourself up to possibilities. Finding the things that we share is much harder than seeing the ways we are different. Badger is a bit testy and grumpy, while Skunk is prone to leap before he looks—but together they are a fun duo who complement each other. Clear themes of tolerance, friendship, and understanding drive the story in a way that children will respond to. The subtle nod to unemployment and potential homelessness that begins the story provides opportunities to expand learning and compassion. VERDICT Overall, a sweet unlikely friendship story that would be a welcome addition to any elementary or public library.—Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford Coll., TX - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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