Bound To Stay Bound

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 Piecing me together
 Author: Watson, Renee

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 264 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 922602 ISBN: 9781681191058
 Ages: 13-17 Grades: 8-12

 Subjects:
 Mentoring -- Fiction
 High schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

Summary:
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 187729
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 70165

Awards:
 Newbery Honor, 2018
Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2018

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (+) (00/01/17)
   Booklist (12/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/04/17)
 The Hornbook (00/07/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2016 “Who owns the river and the line, and the hook, and the worm?” wonders Jade, a scholarship kid at Portland’s prestigious St. Francis High. Through her first two years of school, she’s had to balance her home life in a poor neighborhood with her life at a school populated mostly by rich white kids. When offered a mentorship for at-risk girls (which includes a full college scholarship), she jumps at the opportunity to learn how to be a successful black woman. However, she soon suspects that her mentor, Maxine, may only have a superficial understanding of Jade’s challenges and that there may be things Jade can teach her. Watson is unafraid to show Jade as a young woman who is resilient and mature for her age, but also plagued by self-doubt. The book itself is a balancing act between class, race, and social dynamics, with Watson constantly undercutting stereotypes and showing no fear in portraying virtues along with vices. The book’s defiance of a single-issue lens will surely inspire discussion and consideration. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 Gr 7 Up—High school junior Jade is an "at-risk" student from a rough neighborhood in Portland, OR. She is also a talented collage artist, and she attends an elite private school on scholarship. More than anything, she wants to go on a study abroad week offered at her school to use her Spanish skills. Instead, she is given an invitation to join Woman to Woman, a mentorship program for young women like her: poor and black. Her mentor, Maxine, is from a more privileged background, and Jade doesn't see what she can learn from her. But in spite of her early resistance to Maxine, Jade begins to open up and gain confidence, and, eventually, she is able to express the importance of her family, her community, and her art. The two strong female characters and the ways in which they struggle with and support each other form the center of this tale. Most young people will relate to Jade's search to find her voice and learn to advocate for herself in appropriate ways. The lack of a romantic lead may leave some young teen readers disappointed, but there is a real, refreshing strength in a fully fleshed-out female character whose story is her own. This is a memorable novel that demonstrates that a happy ending doesn't require a romantic subplot. VERDICT This unique and thought-provoking title offers a nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality. A first purchase for YA collections.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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