Bound To Stay Bound

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 Healer of the water monster
 Author: Young, Brian

 Publisher:  Heartdrum (2021)

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

 BTSB No: 974466 ISBN: 9780062990402
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Navajo Indians -- Fiction
 Native Americans -- North America -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Uncles -- Fiction
 Alcoholics -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

Inspired by Navajo beliefs, features a seemingly ordinary boy who must save the life of a Water Monster-and help his uncle suffering from addiction-by discovering his own bravery and boundless love.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 512918

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/15/21)
   Booklist (04/15/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2021 Young’s compelling debut adds to the ranks of HarperCollins’ new Heartdrum imprint, which focuses on Native creators and their stories. Here Nathan, a seemingly average Navajo boy, is dreading a “boring” summer with his nali, or grandmother. Her mobile home is cramped, and there’s no electricity or phone service, but when her stories are brought to life after he comes across an ailing Water Monster in the desert—fresh out of the Navajo Creation Story—Nathan must figure out how best to aid the Holy Being. With the help of other Holy Beings, he embarks on a journey to protect his new companion, while also trying to help his troubled uncle Jet at home, who is suffering from his own difficult problems. As the title suggests, Nathan must help heal those he loves, and Young’s narrative weaves traditional folklore, language, and mythos with modern emotion to craft a poignant tale of family, friendship, and protecting what you love most. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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