A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a bit of how Hollywood works, including how movie ideas are bought and sold and who gets script approval (never the writer).
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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