Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Weeks, Sarah

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 194 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 927986 ISBN: 9780545846653
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Family life -- Fiction
 Luck -- Fiction
 Love -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

The follow-up to So b. it. All her life, Aurora has heard stories about Heidi and all the good luck she brought Aurora's family. Aurora, on the other hand, is considered weird and unlucky. And when Aurora blames herself for some bad luck that strikes her family, Aurora is determined to find "soof," Heidi's mom's word for love.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 196473
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 75100

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/18)
   School Library Journal (09/01/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/10/18)
 The Hornbook (00/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Rory has distinctive traits, with particular habits and behaviors, like tapping three times before sitting and speaking in "beepish." She is more comfortable with her dog, Duck, than with classmates and most people. More than one psychologist has declared Rory to be "quirky, but not on the spectrum." None of this bothers Rory, but she is very concerned about an impending visit from Heidi. Heidi once lived with Rory's parents, bringing them good fortune, which, according to Rory's mom, resulted in Rory's birth. Heidi is now a married woman expecting her first child, and she wants to visit for a special reason: it has to do with soof, a word from Heidi's childhood that means "love." Could Rory's mom have more soof for Heidi than for Rory? A house fire and the disappearance of Duck adds to the drama. Rory's place in the family and the pain of a lost dog are resolved in the fast-paced conclusion. The search for the meaning of soof was Heidi's quest in Weeks's So B. It and becomes Rory's in this return to the town of Liberty. Happily, both find it in this standalone novel. VERDICT A poignant and well-crafted tale for fans of Weeks's previous novels and readers who enjoy character-driven family narratives set in small towns.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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