Bound To Stay Bound

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 Finally heard
 Author: Yang, Kelly

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 339 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 971327 ISBN: 9781665947930
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Social media -- Fiction
 Self-realization -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Chinese Americans -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Ten-year-old Lina wants to create a viral video to help her mom's business, but as she navigates the world of likes and views with her two best friends, Lina must find the courage to stay true to her authentic self. Sequel to Finally Seen.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 522234

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/24)
   School Library Journal (+) (02/01/24)
   Booklist (01/01/24)
 The Hornbook (00/03/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2024 Gr 4–6—Lina Gao of Finally Seen is back in Yang's latest novel, learning to find her voice amid new technology and pubescent self-esteem struggles. Lina's mom is hoping to grow her small bath bomb business with the help of a social media influencer—until she discovers the cost. Encouraged by her daughters, Mrs. Gao creates her own simple, heartfelt video, which quickly garners a wave of positive attention. Lina, despite feeling uncomfortable in her changing body, flexes her creative muscles and, with the help of her best buds, begins creating social media promotion videos for her mom and other struggling small businesses. Things are going great until Lina's mom hands over her phone (and unfettered social media access) to Lina permanently. Yang's novel posits the Internet as the great equalizer, in ways both good and bad. On the plus side, it allows small businesses to spread the word about their products freely, and one's creative visions can be realized with a few taps on a screen. Conversely, kids and grown-ups alike struggle with misinformation, trolls, insecurity, addiction, and scams. In addition to offering plenty of food for thought in her characters' choices, Yang smartly employs Lina's teacher as a conduit for sharing information about the effects of social media on the brain. The lesson learned is how to make healthier technology choices rather than abstaining from it entirely. VERDICT A recommended first purchase that tackles tweenhood and technology woes head-on.—Lindsay Loup - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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