by Ralph Fletcher
Bobby Steele used to be able to blend in. People didn't used to know his name. But after that incident with his father, that landed all over the papers, everyone seems to know who he is, and it's not to his benefit. But he might have found the perfect escape from his normal life. It began as a joke, with he and his friends applying to an elite prep school as new transfer student Rowan Pohi. But when Rowan's acceptance letter arrives, Bobby realizes he may have just created a perfect out, a way to become someone else. Someone cool. But is he really going to be able to outwit an entire school?
Fletcher has created a great character in Bobby. Bobby is recovering from the aftermath of witnessing his father beat his mother, of his father going to jail, and of his mother leaving him and his little brother behind in her effort to escape his father. Bobby is struggling to understand and deal with his anger and hurt over the entire situation, when he finds a way to use his creativity to escape. Not to escape like his mother, but to escape in a small way that he can use to better his situation. Bobby is a great character for boy tweens, witty and popular, able to turn any situation to his gain. A fun read.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 9th Grade