Also Known as Rowan Pohi
Bobby Steele and his pals, Marcus and Big Poobs, all public school kids from working class backgrounds, are waiting for tenth grade to start when they come across an application form for Whitestone Academy, a prestigious and posh private school. Just for giggles, they decide that a nonexistent kid should apply—and so Rowan Pohi is born. (Named for their favorite hangout, P...more
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Bobby Steele doesn't have the best life around – his mom left after his father did a horrific thing to her. Bobby's sophomore year is about to start, he has a younger brother starting kindergarten to watch...more
All they did was fill out the application and write a fake letter of recommendation, and 'Rowan Pohi' is accepted. So Bobby decides to pretend he IS Rowan Pohi, and they just let him waltz right into the school. Then,...more
This was one of those weird books for me where I felt I could see a lot of points that the author was trying to make, but in almost every case, it didn't quite pan out. This felt like 80% of a book. Not in terms of length, but certain ideas would be introduced, and then they wouldn't...more
I liked Bobby's character quite a bit. He's spontaneous and doesn't really think about the consequences of what he's getting into, everything is done by the seat of his pants. But obviously he's also smart, no dummy could pull off the scam he's setting up. Whic...more
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 t...more
A handful of weeks before he's set to start the tenth grade, Bobby Steele and his friends, Marcus and Big Poobs, are lazing in their preferred booth at the local IHOP, bored out of their heads. Just as they're about to expire from boredom, they find a syrup-stained application to the exclusive Whitestone Academy lying on an abandoned table a few feet away. Brilliant idea hatched, they fill in the necessary blanks, creating a boy named Rowan and mail in his application, just to see if the...more
I am a little hesitant to purchase it for the library because it does contain a heavy make-out scene. While it's nothing that is overly explicit he does mention holding the "world" in his hands. "For nearly an hour I had the whole world in my hand - two lush planets actually, or binary stars - but that world is gone." I'm in the unusual position of having a 5th-8th grade library. Somethings that would be accep...more
Bobby Steele’s name is infamous but not through any fault of his own. He shares his name with his father whose face and name appeared all over the newspapers when he was arrested for burning his wife’s arm with a hot iron after a fight. It was the first and last time he laid his hand on her – she leaves as soon as he is released from his short stay in prison but she doesn’t take her kids. Bobby and his younger brother Cody remain behind with a father they bo...more
Mostly, it's that last item... alot of the things between them hit very close to home. Like Bobby, I could be judgemental... but like Bobby, there's also a moment when one just has to...more
I dunno. I can see the appeal, and I'm definitely adding this to my 9th-grade booktalks. As an adult, though, there's only so much disbelief I can suspend. I like the relati...more
Bobby impulsively decides to pretend to be Rowan and goes to the new student orientation. He enjoys himself so much, he decides to co...more
Bobby Steele has had a rough year, and is spending the last couple weeks of summer wasting time at the local IHOP with his friends until it's time to go back to Riverview High. Until they decide the best way to spend one afternoon is filling out an application to Whitestone Academy, the local prep school. An applicat...more
Rowan Pohi is the name of a kid who wants to go to an elite prep school. The issue is that the kid doesn't exist - Bobby and his friends made him up completely, and submitted his application. It then turns out that Rowan gets into the prestigious acad...more
Many people would love a chance to re-invent themselves and this is a perfect example of a person who has good reason to try. However, it also balances that per...more
This is a light reading; it only took me about one and a half hour to...more
Fifteen-year-old Bobby Steele and his best friends, Big Poobs and Marcus, are students at the dreary, underfunded, local secondary school, Riverview High. They regularly hang out at the local IHOP, a restaurant where teens from the ritzy private school Whitestone Prep--AKA "Stonys"--can also be found. One day out of boredom, Bobby and his friends decide to create a fake boy and fill out an application for him for Whitestone. They name him...more
Rowan Pohi reads like the YA version of I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos. I say that fondly as both are great stories of self acceptance and self improvement. Joey Pigza which is aimed at a slightly younger set of readers is a more light hearted take, while Also Known at Rowan Pohi pulls fewer punches.
Bobby Steele and his buddies decide it would be a kick to make up a fake identity and see if it would get admitted into the prestigious Whitestone Academy. They are shocked when it becomes a reality. The prank has played itself out and so they ceremonial bury Rowan Pohi. But Bobby in a moment of feeling sorry for himself digs up the acceptance papers from Rowan's grave. Bobby decides to assume Rowan's fake life.
A few ye...more