Bound To Stay Bound

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 New friend fix (Catalina Incognito)
 Author: Torres, Jennifer

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 97 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 885682 ISBN: 9781534483071
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 School stories
 Magic -- Fiction
 Disguise -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Latinos (U.S.) -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Catalina is excited to find out a new student, Esmeralda, has joined her third-grade class at Valle Grande Elementary School. But despite Catalina's attempts to introduce herself, Esme won't talk to anyone but her own cousin, Jazmin. Could Jazmin be keeping Esme from making new friends? With Tia Abuela's magical sewing kit, Catalina sets out to create a disguise to unravel the mystery. Can she figure out a way to help Esme feel at home?

 Illustrator: Jose, Gladys

   School Library Journal (04/02/22)

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School Library Journal - 04/02/2022 Gr 1–4—Today is Catalina's all-time favorite: it is the first day of third grade. Her backpack is stuffed and ready, and she is determined to be the first one to meet the new girl, Esme, and introduce her to everybody. But her plan goes awry when Esme's cousin Jazmín mysteriously blocks all of Catalina's, and Catalina's "frenemy" Pablo's attempts at becoming friends with Esme. Why? What has gone wrong? More importantly, how can Catalina and Pablo "fix" things so everyone will become friends? As with the previous series entry, themes of friendship and home abound, and much of the story is inspired by Torres's Mexican American heritage. Translations of the author's occasional use of Spanish words will please young readers who don't speak Spanish and who will easily intuit their meanings from the story line, since this early chapter book does not include a vocabulary page. The liberal use of full-page illustrations will also help with understanding. Readers will relate to Catalina's desire to make new friends and will be intrigued by the hints of mystery that are scattered throughout the story surrounding her efforts. VERDICT This title is perfect for beginning chapter readers and will be a nice addition to a collection of early chapter books about friendship dynamics. Recommended purchase.—Cheryl Blevens - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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