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Marcus Makes a Movie

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Story of friendship and filmmaking has humor and real depth.

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Author Kevin Hart has turned a simple book about an impetuous kid learning how to make a film into a deep, sincere story of friendship, perseverance, and complex emotions. Marcus Makes a Movie shows readers that working with others can be difficult but immensely rewarding, and the mention of his mom reveals that people's lives are more than just what's visible to the outside world. The lessons about what it takes to write a screenplay and the amount of focus, work, and drive it takes to complete a project will help young readers realize that success doesn't happen overnight, and that some good can come out of moments when everything seems to be going wrong. This funny, kindhearted triumph celebrates friendship and how dreams can come true in unexpected ways.

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