Codes for Reviews

First Initial (Overall Rating):
E = Exceptional
VG = Very Good
G = Good
F = Fair
NR = Not Recommended

Second Initital (Reading Level):
A = Average Reading Level
E = Easy
M = Mature

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Also Known as Rowan Pohi

General YA Fiction

F/A. Fletcher, Ralph. Also Known as Rowan Pohi. Clarion Books, 2011. 208 p. 9780547572086. $16.99

Summer is almost over when Bobby Steele and his friends come up with a great practical joke, make up a kid and send his application to the local private school, Whitestone Prep. The joke is on them when the Rowan Pohi gets accepted. Bobby has been having a tough time since his parents split-up after a highly publicized domestic dispute. If he pretends to be Rowan Pohi, maybe he can turn his life around.

It is kind of unbelievable that in a fairly small town Bobby wouldn't be recognized by more people when he tries to pass in the private school. The other aspect that bothered me was the sub-plot of Bobby's little brother coping with the separation by claiming he is full blooded Native American and always wearing a feather in his hair to represent that.

Fans of Chris Crutcher and graduates of Diary of a Wimpy Kid would enjoy this light, comic novel about identity and being yourself.

Sarah Mae Harper, CoLAPL- AC Bilbrew Library

Monday, November 7, 2011

Return to Daemon Hall

Young Adult Fiction

G/A Nance, Andrew. Return to Daemon Hall. Henry Holt. ISBN: 978-0-8050-8748-2. 240 p.; $16.99. 2011.

This is a sequel to Daemon Hall. However readers need not read the first novel. R.U. Tremblin is hosting a second short story contest for aspiring writers. He invited 5 students to his house this time instead of Daemon Hall. Each of the five students is given a chapter to write and the titles are from the Book of Daemon Hall. Among the five, one of them is last year’s winner Wade. Demarius, Matt, Millie and Lucinda joined Wade at Mr. Tremblin’s house to read their story. Strange things began to happen as they read their stories. They began to transport to the past and re-live the life at Daemon Hall. As they reveal each of their stories, they discovered that the stories were not written by them but by the spirit of Daemon Hall. For some strange reason Wade has not written the last chapter yet. Wade was actually glad because the first four chapters have gotten them living the past of Daemon Hall, and maybe if he write the last chapter to their advantage, they can actually get out of Daemon Hall. The he begins writing “The Leaving.” The tale has not ended there, and the author might have another tale of Daemon Hall after this novel. Each of the five stories told in this novel has very different flavors and each will chill you to your bones. For those who love horror stories, this will do the job. Dora Ho – Los Angeles Public Library

Harmonic Feedback

Young Adult Fiction

VG/A Kelly, Tara. Harmonic Feedback. Henry Holt. ISBN: 978-0-8050-9010-9. 280 p.; $16.99. 2010

Sixteen-year-old Drea moved into her grandmother’s with her mother. She encounters two other new students – Justin and Naomi. Naomi lives across the street and they became instant friends because they are both passionate about music. The three of them decide to form a band and perform. Each of the three characters has their share of troubles. Naomi is a drug addict, Drea has Asperger’s Syndrome, and Justin has a violent past. However the three of them developed friendship, love and determination to start over. Readers will find this novel very heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. Seeing how Naomi continues to struggle with her drug addition and later died from overdose and Drea overcome her illness of Asperger’s Syndrome and began a love relationship with Justin. Dora Ho – Los Angeles Public Library

Borrowed Names


G/A Atkins, Jeannine. Borrowed Names: poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker , Marie Curie and Their Daughters. Henry Holt. ISBN: 978-0-8050-8934-9. 209p. . $16.99. 2010.

This is a collection of poems about the three famous women in the American history and their daughter. Readers can read between the lines about the mother-daughter relationship as well as their lives during that period of history. It is a great addition to your poetry section. Dora Ho – Los Angeles Public Library