Bound To Stay Bound

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 What not to do if you turn invisible
 Author: Welford, Ross

 Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade Books (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 422 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 932101 ISBN: 9780399551529
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Invisibility -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Acne -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $21.38

Summary:
When thirteen-year-old Ethel Leatherhead becomes invisible, her best friend, Boydy, helps keep her secret while she seeks a way to become visible again, keep herself safe, and solve the mystery of her birth.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/18)
   School Library Journal (07/01/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 Gr 5–8—Ethel Leatherheard is a 12-year-old girl going through the roller-coaster ride known as puberty. Having been cursed with severe acne for most of her life and having to endure unrelenting bullying from her peers, Ethel is desperate for any solution she can find to make her skin clear and her life easier. Like many people today, Ethel looks on the Internet to find quick and easy cures. On an impulse, she buys a mysterious tea that promises to make her acne problem go away in an instant. With the combination of the tea and the power of a tanning bed, Ethel is indeed cured of many of her problems; yet one additional issue crops up: she is now totally invisible. At first, being invisible is great. Ethel is able to do what she pleases without fear of reprisal and she enjoys her life. But the "miracle cure" becomes more permanent, and Ethel is no longer able to be visible. This sends her into a panic as she, along with some friendly faces, strives to cure her invisibility and get her life back to normal. Equal parts hilarious and touching, Welford's story will appeal to tweens who are in the process of watching their bodies change. Ethel is a relatable character for whom readers will cheer. VERDICT A humorous and engaging story of one young person's journey to self-acceptance.—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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