Bound To Stay Bound

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 Far west
 Author: Wrede, Patricia C.

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2012)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 378 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 967405 ISBN: 9780545033442
 Ages: 12-18 Grades: 7-12

 Subjects:
 School stories
 Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction
 Twins -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Eff & her twin brother are going with a group on the government's first journey to the west in a decade, but they face a new enemy from the west that could destroy the frontier & devastate the whole continent.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 6.50
   Points: 17.0   Quiz: 153350
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 9.20
   Points: 24.0   Quiz: 58521

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (12/01/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2012 Gr 7–10—In this third instalment in the series, Eff, who is working with Professor Torgeson and trying to keep the frontier safe from the mortally dangerous medusa lizards, is chosen to go on an expedition to the far West. This carries significant danger not only because of the medusa lizards, which, of course, turn living creatures to stone, but also because of other magical creatures as well. During this trip, Eff develops as a magician and learns to control her magic in new ways. With the same attention to character and setting as the previous entries, the pace in this alternate history/fantasy is measured and deliberate. A slight touch of romance between Eff and a couple of suitors leavens the narrative. There is an interesting mix of 19th-century formality with a relative equality for women, which makes Eff more of a contemporary character, notwithstanding her sense of decorum around men. Despite the numerous historical references-to Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War-which place the story firmly in the 1800s, Wrede sticks with her curious choice of a frontier empty of indigenous human inhabitants, even south of the U.S. border. Quite apart from any other concerns, this results in a strange flatness in the picture she paints of the frontier, and the emptiness of the land echoes back into the story. Nonetheless, fans of the series will enjoy this novel.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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