I Represent Sean Rosen

Jeff Baron, Author
Jeff Baron. Greenwillow, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-218747-5
Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-06-218749-9
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Sean Rosen has an idea. A big one that he says "will affect TV, theater, games, and especially movies." But breaking into the entertainment biz isn't easy for a 13-year-old, even one who subscribes to the Hollywood Reporter. Before reaching out to the (unnamed) "huge company" he hopes to work with, Sean attempts a trial run with his second-choice company. After creating a fictitious manager, Dan Welch, to help get his foot in the door, Sean gets an offer—not for his big, secret idea (readers don't even learn what it is), but for a movie idea. Throughout, debut author Baron realistically incorporates technology into the story—Sean (as Dan) arranges a Skype meeting with the entertainment exec; he also produces his own podcasts—and Sean's email exchanges with various professionals are dead-on. Because Sean is keeping so many secrets from his family, friends, and others, the story relies heavily on his long internal monologues, which can become tiring. But readers who share Sean's Hollywood ambitions will find his experiences just as eye-opening as he does. Ages 10–up. Agent: Julie Just, Janklow & Nesbit. (Mar.)
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