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Also Known As Rowan Pohi
ISBN: 9780547851549
Author: Fletcher, Ralph
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: February 2013
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Annotation: Applying on a whim to a prestigious preparatory school using a fictional student's name, Bobby is astonished when his application is accepted, prompting him to assume a false identity and immerse himself in the school's rarified culture. By the author of Spider Boy.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Identity; Fiction.
Family problems; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013002451
Lexile Measure: 590
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, High School, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Ralph Fletcher is the versatile author of 30-some books, including (for young readers) novels, picture book texts, poetry, and books about writing, as well as books for writing teachers. Recipient of a master's degree in fiction from Columbia University, he worked in New York City classrooms for the Teachers College Writing Project, designed to help teachers develop better ways of teaching writing. He travels widely to teach writing and talk about his work. Mr. Fletcher lives in Durham, NH, with his wife and four sons. His website is www.ralphfletcher.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
As a joke, Bobby and his friends submit a fake application to a private school under the name Rowan Pohi. After Rowan is admitted, Bobby assumes the fictional identity. He struggles to maintain his friendships and his place at the school while dealing with family secrets. Though the premise and many plot points are glaringly implausible, Bobby's travails may entertain readers.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 September #4)

What begins as a practical joke ends up as an identity overhaul for freshman Bobby Steele. It all starts when Bobby and his buddies fill out an application to prestigious Whitestone Prep, a local private school, for a fictitious student they name Rowan Pohi (the last name is IHOP spelled backwards). Much to their surprise, Rowan is accepted, and Bobby takes the gag a step further, attending classes as Rowan. Swept away by Whitestone's extraordinary facilities and friendly student body, Bobby feels happier there than at his own dismal high school, where everyone knows about his father's abusive past and his mother leaving home. As might be expected, things soon go awry. The premise requires suspension of disbelief, and the resolution is too pat, but Fletcher (The One O'Clock Chop) creates many poignant moments regarding Bobby's stressful home life and the brutal, impulsive act that tore his family apart. Hearts will go out to Bobby as he learns that being true to himself is as important as realizing his dreams. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 January)

Gr 8–10—Bobby is looking for an escape from his troubled home life and mediocre school. On a whim, he and his friends fill out an application to a ritzy private school on behalf of a made-up persona, and when "Rowan Pohi" is accepted, Bobby takes the chance to start fresh under a fake name. Although this premise is enticing, the idea that a prestigious academic institution would accept a student under false pretenses so easily, without requiring test scores, previous transcripts, and immunization records, is difficult to accept. The book's overly neat ending is problematic, as is the protagonist's little brother coping with his troubled home life by deciding that he's an Indian and wearing a feather in his hair—until he concludes that being Spider-Man is "way cooler." It's not unheard of that a five-year-old would hold these views of Native American culture—kids are kids; they're still learning about life, but it's troubling that the author chose to go this route. Character development is thin. The most compelling aspect of the story is Bobby's struggle with the aftermath of his father's shocking act of domestic violence against his mother and her subsequent departure from their family. His confusion and pain are genuine and heartfelt. Also, themes of class differences, identity, and self-acceptance are thought-provoking, but ultimately this uneven read is at best an additional purchase.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA

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