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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: filmmaking, videos, blues band, fathers and sons, crime
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 10/Oct/2017
Fry Reading Level: 4.4
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When first-year film student Spencer O'Toole is asked to make a music video for a band, he leaps at the chance. But Jerry, Spencer's dad, shows up, and somehow the band assumes he's in charge, despite the fact that he has zero background in film. And then there's Scratch, violent gang member turned sleazy music producer, who keeps making big promises but fails to deliver on a single one. Spencer has no idea how he's going to get this thing made. When the band invites him and his dad up to a cottage for the weekend, Spencer takes the opportunity to ditch Jerry. But one small fib snowballs into dozens of lies, and soon Spencer finds himself in way over his head.

CM Magazine
"With some deftly chosen details and authentic dialogue, Spencer, his parents, Scratch, and the members of BlueGrap not only come to life, they practically jump off the page…Staunton's writing is tight, the pacing is perfect, and the plot has some nice surprises. POV is another great addition to Orca's 'Limelights' series. While it may be intended for reluctant readers, POV will likely be enjoyed by all. Highly Recommended. "
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"Spencer continues to be an affable, imaginative and sometimes bumbling protagonist whose experiences working at Starbucks and interacting with his parents make him a very relatable and likeable character. The novel also unpacks Spencer's creative process. Readers with a budding interest in film will be delighted to follow the steps Spencer takes to shoot and edit the music video, while also meditating on the source of his inspiration. POV is an entertaining story that will satisfy Ted Staunton fans. It is a recommended addition to personal, library and school collections serving a youth audience."

Performing art novels
for ages 11–14

Key Features:

Aimed at middle-school students with an interest in the performing arts.

Topics include music, dance, theater, the circus and magic.

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