Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale

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Joe Applegate, Common Sense Media
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Screenwriting Sean gets tangled in a lie in smart sequel.

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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 & Representations

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. 

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What 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. 

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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? 

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