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The Resource Devil in Ohio, Daria Polatin

Devil in Ohio, Daria Polatin

Label
Devil in Ohio
Title
Devil in Ohio
Statement of responsibility
Daria Polatin
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Mae moves in with fifteen-year-old Jules' family and seems to be taking over her life, but Mae's past in a nearby cult soon threatens them all
  • Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen. Mae is one of the patients at the hospital where her psychiatrist mother works. She's only supposed to stay for a few days, but soon Mae is wearing Jules's clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules's crush. Then things get weird ... Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see a pentagram carved into Mae's back. It seems Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that's embedded in a nearby town ... and the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Polatin weaves a thrilling and suspenseful story in her debut, inspired by true events. Jules Mathis’ life is thrown into turmoil after her psychiatrist mother invites Mae—a patient, cult survivor, and troubled young girl with a pentagram carved into her back—to stay with their family. Jules becomes resentful when it seems like Mae is purposely crowding Jules out of her own life, and, to make matters worse, Mae’s presence in the Mathis household corresponds with significant upheaval in their lives. Jules’ parents begin constantly fighting; Jules is almost kidnapped; and her mother is involved in a mysterious car accident. Are these things unfortunate occurrences or are they directly linked to Mae? While Jules’ character development could have been more thorough and the ending of the book wraps up too quickly, the thrilling twists and turns, suspenseful mood, and dark subject matter make for an enjoyably scary read. Eager readers will keep turning pages to discover Mae’s secrets and her connection to the Mathis family. -- Davenport, Enishia (Reviewed 10/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 3, p77)
  • Gr 10 Up—Fifteen-year-old Jules is determined to be a famous photographer, and the first step is to get on the school newspaper where her crush is the editor. The teen finally lands an interview for the paper when her mother brings home a mysterious girl named Mae, and Jules's boring life becomes significantly more eventful. At first, Jules feels sorry for Mae because she has clearly been abused; but after a couple of weeks, she enjoys having a female friend and the recent popularity that comes with knowing the new girl. However, as Mae's presence slowly begins to affect Jules's friendship with her best friend Isaac and her parent's marriage, she starts to question the identity of her new housemate. This thriller relies heavily on Mae's motivations—is she a naive abused girl or is she a manipulator? The unreliable antagonist is a staple in this genre, especially when the character is fully developed and keeps readers engaged and constantly guessing. Mae, however, is underdeveloped, and at times her behavior is unrealistic. The supporting cast, including Jules' sisters and Isaac, is also underdeveloped and doesn't drive the plot forward. Although the novel has some relatable themes, such as people's reliance on social constructs, the overall narrative lacks nuance. Teens will find the ending too abrupt and anticlimactic. VERDICT Not recommended.—Dawn Abron, Zion-Benton Public Library, IL --Dawn Abron (Reviewed 10/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 10, p113)
  • Jules Mathis, the 15-year-old protagonist of playwright/TV writer Polatin’s uneven debut, leads an unremarkable life until her psychiatrist mother, Suzanne, brings a patient home with her from the hospital. Sixteen-year-old Mae Dodd recently escaped from a satanic cult in nearby Tisdale, Ohio. Suzanne claims that Mae will only be staying with them for a few days, but it becomes clear to Jules that Mae isn’t interested in leaving. In addition to monopolizing Suzanne’s time and attention, Mae takes over Jules’s room, borrows her clothes, and starts dating her crush. When the cult begins targeting the Mathis family in an effort to recapture Mae, Jules is forced to wonder just how much her mother is willing to sacrifice in order to protect the girl. The setup is intriguing, but underdeveloped characters (including cult members who come across like cartoon villains), a slow-moving plot, and an abrupt and oblique conclusion keep it from being fully realized. Jules’s first-person narrative alternates with third-person chapters focused on her mother; although Jules’s hurt and frustration are understandable, Suzanne’s dedication to Mae is less so as events spiral out of control. Ages 13–up. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/25/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 39, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10600202
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polatin, Daria
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL680L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cults
  • Families
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Child abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Cults
  • Family life
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Child abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION
  • Child abuse
  • Cults
  • Families
  • High schools
  • Kidnapping
  • Schools
  • Ohio
  • Ohio
  • Ohio
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Devil in Ohio, Daria Polatin
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1906597
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781250113610
Lccn
2017007306
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250113610
  • (OCoLC)964329399
Label
Devil in Ohio, Daria Polatin
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1906597
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781250113610
Lccn
2017007306
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250113610
  • (OCoLC)964329399

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