Bound To Stay Bound

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 Girl who sailed the stars
 Author: Woods, Matilda

 Publisher:  Philomel Books (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 260 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 964487 ISBN: 9780525515241
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Adventure fiction
 Seafaring life -- Fiction
 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Cats -- Fiction
 Shipwrecks -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $20.88

Oona, nearly eleven, has longed to sail with her sea captain father but when she stows away on his ship headed to the far North, she faces great adventure and danger.

 Illustrator: Allepuz, Anuska
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 502516
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 77458

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/19)
   School Library Journal (05/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/05/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 3–6— A plucky girl survives a lonely and unloved beginning to find adventure and happiness in this richly imaginative fantasy that brings to mind Joan Aiken's "Wolves Chronicles" with a dash of Roald Dahl. Oona Britt's father is terribly disappointed when his prophesied son turned out to be yet another daughter and wants to have nothing to do with her. Her mother and six older sisters are equally uncaring (though one of the sisters learns to appreciate Oona's qualities and avoids an uncomfortably cold fate as a result). But Oona, now 11, is smart and creative. She figures out a way to get an education even though girls aren't supposed to, and refuses to give up her dream to join her father on his whaling ship. To avoid being forced to accompany her mother and sisters to the South to be married off, Oona stows away on the Plucky Leopard, determined to prove herself. With the help of a kindly navigator named Haroyld, who sees in Oona the daughter he and his wife lost at birth, she does just that. Her father seems to be warming toward her, but abandons her entirely when she refuses to help him kill the fabled nardoo. The setting is beautifully rendered, with intricate details. For instance, all the buildings in Nordlor are constructed out of sunken ships; they not only creak and groan, but rock back and forth. VERDICT Strong world-building joins lyrical prose and a fine leavening of humor, adventure, and magic, to make a winning combination.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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