Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale

Common Sense Media says

Screenwriting Sean gets tangled in a lie in smart sequel.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Educational value

Shows a bit of how Hollywood works, including how movie ideas are bought and sold and who gets script approval (never the writer).

Positive messages

All the fundamentals for a successful career in entertainment -- hustle, daring, honesty, commitment, and hard work -- are emphasized here in the best way through Sean Rosen's actions. There's also a strong message about the consequences of lying. 

Positive role models

The Rosens are decent, happy people, and their only son, Sean, 13, knows his place in the world and so can take setbacks in stride. When an adult finds out Sean's great secret, Sean learns his lesson and carries on. It's mentioned that Sean's grandfather went to jail for conning people. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale, sequel to Jeff Baron's equally engaging I Represent Sean Rosen, shows how a savvy 13-year-old manages to swim with the sharks of Hollywood as he markets his great idea for a movie. No violence, drugs, or other troublesome issues arise in Sean's world, except some ethical ones about honesty and trust. 

What's the story?

Far from Hollywood, 13-year-old Sean pits two Hollywood producers, both anxious to put his movie idea on the big screen, against each other. When one of them learns where Sean lives via his public Web address, Sean's dream starts to fall apart. He receives some sage advice from a Hollywood pro, and we're primed for the next installment of Sean's brilliant career.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SEAN ROSEN IS NOT FOR SALE presents a pleasant, relaxed world: Sean's parents love each other, he cares for the neighbor's dog, the bully in Book 1 of the series has been tamed. But author Jeff Baron succeeds in spinning a complicated ethical web for young Sean.

In trying to figure out whom to trust among the Hollywood types bidding for his talents, Sean himself gets caught in a huge lie. The author slyly asks his readers what they wouldn't do to make it in Hollywood. It's a fun, light-handed morality tale.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the importance of being truthful in business. How is Sean's behavior like, and unlike, his criminal grandfather's?

  • How does Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale compare with the first book in the series? Would you like to read more novels about Sean? Why, or why not? Do you know anyone like him? 

  • Is it ever OK to pretend to be someone else? 

Book details

Author:Jeff Baron
Genre:Arts
Topics:Arts and dance, Great boy role models
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Greenwillow Books
Publication date:March 14, 2014
Number of pages:384
Available on:Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

This review of Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass