Synopses & Reviews
When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his own family is desperate to hide.
When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree—about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all, about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.
“Thought-provoking.” Publishers Weekly
“Fantastic…Perfectly captures the football experience.” Newsday
“Funny, poignant and full of football action, POP hits you hard and doesnt let up.” Tim Green, author of the New York Times bestselling Football Genius and Football Champ
“A brisk, heartfelt and timely novel.” New York Times Book Review
“Korman goes straight to the heart.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Hearts will go out to Bobby as he learns that being true to himself is as important as realizing his dreams."-Publishers Weekly "Bobby's family and home life are authentically depicted, and teens will respond to Bobby's desire to create a path to his dreams and root for his crazy idea to work."--Booklist
Bored tenth grader Bobby Steele mixes things up by attending a prestigious prep school under the identity of Rowan Pohi—a student persona Bobby created with the help of his friends. How long can he keep up the charade before his suspenseful career as an impostor comes to an end?
“A funny and poignant tale. . . . Fletchers novel will resonate with fans of Chris Crutcher and Todd Strasser.” -VOYA
In this unsettling, entertaining young adult novel, Ralph Fletcher tells the story of Bobby Steele and his pals, three guys waiting for tenth grade to begin. Out of their boredom, the imaginary Rowan Pohi (thats IHOP backwards) is born. Bobby applies to the prestigious private school Whitestone Prep in Rowans name, and, amazingly, hes accepted. Eager to escape his public school and his unhappiness at home, Bobby becomes Rowan, hoping the two lives hes living will stay separate forever. For a short, exhilarating time, they do.
About the Author
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.