Bound To Stay Bound

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 River has teeth
 Author: Waters, Erica

 Publisher:  HarperTeen (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 393 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 922396 ISBN: 9780062894250
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Lesbian teenagers -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction

Price: $9.83

When her sister goes missing on the Bend, becoming the second girl to disappear from the wildlife preserve, Natasha turns to a local girl rumored to be a witch to find her.

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2021 Gr 9 Up—In this fast-paced fantasy, Waters tells the story of women—mothers, daughters, aunts, and partners—who are driven by their love for one another. Della Lloyd is a teenage witch who lives on the Bend, the parkland alongside a river that has been the source of her family's magic for generations. When she meets Natasha Greymont, their attraction is unmistakable, but there's one problem: Natasha's sister is missing and Della's mother may be responsible. This book has a thriller's pacing but it is also beautifully atmospheric as it shows Della's cluttered house smelling of earth and herbs and the foggy river bottom running by the Lloyds' house. Through this tale of sirens and monsters, Waters reaches for a deeper meaning—a story about women who band together against those who would victimize them. While this message is compelling, this book centers the experiences of white characters while using a Black character, Georgia, to speak about the disproportionate violence against women of color. As a secondary character, Georgia's perspective feels like an afterthought in an otherwise well-developed story around Natasha and Della. VERDICT A moving, if imperfect, fantasy about the strength of women, recommended for those who enjoy thrillers with a social justice bent.—Talea Anderson, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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