Bound To Stay Bound

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 Can you see me?
 Author: Scott, Libby

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 362 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 936391 ISBN: 9781338608915
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Autism -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Diaries -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction

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Eleven-year-old Tally is starting sixth grade at Kingswood Academy and she really wants to fit in, which means somehow hiding her autism, hypersensitivity to touch, and true self, and trying to act "normal" like her former best friend, Layla, who is distancing herself from Tally and her fourteen-year-old sister, Nell, who is always angry with Tally for being different; but as she records her thoughts and anxieties in her coping diary, Tally begins to wonder--what is "normal" anyway?

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Westcott, Rebecca

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 508502

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/19)
   Booklist (04/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/20)

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Booklist - 04/01/2020 Starting middle school is a daunting prospect for anyone, but for Tally, who is autistic, it is terrifying. Every day is a struggle for her as she navigates the social structure, tries to decipher idioms that make no sense to her literal mind, and endures overwhelming sensory input. Her best friend, Layla, the only other student who knows about Tally's autism, provides as much support as possible, but Tally's unconventional behavior puts a strain on the friendship. When other students see Tally as weird or crazy, her fragile support system breaks down. A subplot concerning a three-legged dog her family has taken in for a neighbor underscores Tally's troubles. One of the outstanding features of this novel is that the third-person narrative is punctuated by Tally's first-person journal, where she discusses different aspects of autism, such as meltdowns, stimming, and masking, without disrupting the page-turning narrative. Scott, the middle-grade-aged coauthor, has autism herself, and her portrayal of Tally is thoughtful and authentic. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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