Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Waters, Charles

 Publisher:  Charlesbridge (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 248 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 922391 ISBN: 9781623543808
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Middle schools -- Fiction
 Native Americans -- Southwestern States -- Fiction
 School stories
 Novels in verse
 Washington (D.C.) -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Six eighth graders outside Washington, DC, navigate through conflict and division focused on their school district's Native American mascot.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Sorell, Traci
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 523070

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/23)
   School Library Journal (11/17/23)
   Booklist (02/15/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/17/2023 Gr 3–7—Waters and Sorell's novel in verse, told in alternating perspectives, tackles the relevant topic of racist imagery in mascots. In the football town of Rye, VA, Callie, who is Black and a member of the Cherokee Nation, shares her earnest poem in eighth-grade honors English class about using Indigenous peoples as mascots. Their teacher then sets up a formal debate to address the pros and cons of the school's Indigenous mascot. The diverse group of students have varied backgrounds and strong feelings about the issue. As they work through their debate, questions about what is right emerge, friendships are tested, and what it means to be an ally is brought forth. Each character grows throughout the book. However, as in life, the issue remains sensitive and unresolved. VERDICT Highly recommended as a pick for classrooms to use in debate and conversations; a timely and important novel.—Amy Zembroski - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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