Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

250px-dimvInformation: Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was published in 2000 by Laurel Leaf. ISBN: 0440228840

Plot Summary: Jessica is a high school student by day and a secretly published author by night. Her first novel, Tiger, Tiger has just hit the shelves of her hometown bookstore under the pen name Ash Night. She dreams of her novel ideas at night. Jessica sees them clearly and vividly as she sleeps, which is how she easily poured her vampire novel onto the pages. It’s a secret she’s determined to keep along with the rest of her private life. But when two new kids come to town and one of them looks like the exact vision of her novel’s villain, Aubrey, Jessica is now pressed to see her novel is really just from her dream or not.

Critical Evaluation: Demon In My View is an intriguingly fast read, pulling together the wild imaginations of the readers and the characters. There’s a unique twist on the vampire trope, where Jessica is almost sure he’s something she made up entirely. While not the most mesmerizing read, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote this as a teenager, making it a pretty impressive feat.

Reader’s Annotation: After a boy shows up at her school, looking like the villain of her secret vampire novel, Jessica has to find out if she is making it all up or if her vampire stories are real.

Author’s Information: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the author of seventeen young adult novels and three short stories.  In addition to writing, she has a full-time job teaching high school special education English, and is the mother of a brilliant baby girl named Becks.

Amelia started publishing novels when she was a freshman in high school.  As she tells her students, she knows every excuse to get out of doing homework because she got away with them all.  These days she works a bit harder to balance her responsibilities, which means she is sometimes a terrible web-mistress, but she still loves to write.

The Atwater-Rhodes household also includes two cats, Chivas and Morgan, and some goldfish in an aquaponics system set up for book research and maintained for yummy indoor home-grown food (Amelia Atwater-Rhodes).

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): Understanding Key Literary Ideas

Book Talk Ideas:

  1. How impactful are your dreams on your everyday life? Was Jessica focusing on them too much before Alex came to town?
  2. Would you have felt compelled to talk to Alex? Or would seeing something similar to your dreams not mean anything to you?

Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Violence, Language

Challenge Defense File:

Selection Policy

The System will select and maintain a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, audio visual and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Sarasota County. The System will strive to offer wide ranging collections that meet the various ages, interests, educational levels, and cultural backgrounds of all members of the community and will provide collections through which an individual may explore all points of view and issues of interest. In making selections, the library staff will do so based upon principle rather than personal opinion, reason rather than prejudice, and judgment rather than censorship. Furthermore, staff will be responsive to public demand for materials of contemporary significance and interest, while balancing this with the need to collect and preserve materials of permanent value. While library staff makes material selections based upon the tenet of one system, one collection, selectors recognize the distinct characteristics and needs of the populace that each library services. Community profiles are used to guide selectors in efforts to develop special collections and to meet the unique patron needs within each library.

The ultimate responsibility for selection materials rests with the General Manager of Libraries and the Management Team, who in turn delegates selection responsibilities to the Collection Development Librarians (Sarasota County Policy).  

Rationale

Atwater-Rhodes, A. (2000) Demon in My View. New York, New York: Laurel Leaf. Demon in My View is a short novel with a mysterious romance. The story also has a very creative and goal oriented main character that is inspiring to many young writers. It is the second novel in the Den of Shadows series.

Other recommendations like this book include: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree

Awards: N/A

Reconsideration Form

Reviews

  • Reviews by Young Adults: N/A

Selection Tools:

Why I chose this book: I chose this novel because it had that popular vampire romance, plus it was written when the author was fifteen. It’s important for kids to see good writing is possible at a young age.

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