A fledgling screenwriter, podcast creator and potential entertainment-industry innovator, 13-year-old Sean is full of ideas.
Similar in format to Sean’s first appearance (I Represent Sean Rosen, 2013), which detailed Sean’s exploits as he fielded studio offers on his screenplay, this sequel continues his adventures with the Hollywood industry. Sean is determined to gain the attention of Hank Hollywood, his moniker for the chairman of an influential entertainment company. However, an attempt to pique Hank’s interest in Sean’s secret, clever new concept for the industry yields unexpected results. Sean is soon mired in a studio bidding war and becomes the target of intrigue as a mysterious third party investigates his activities. Amid the Hollywood drama, Sean must contend with friends’ dating dilemmas, a near first kiss and a calamitous petsitting job. Baron adeptly conveys Sean’s perspicacity in his droll first-person narrative. Sean’s experiences with the stratagems of the Hollywood executives and revelations about his grandfather’s misdeeds help Sean define his feelings about trust and friendship. When a surprise visitor arrives at Sean’s school retreat, readers can be confident that his new maturity will enable Sean to cope with the bittersweet truth delivered by an industry expert.
Readers will relish his bravado, wit and creativity as Sean emerges from his encounters wiser yet still determined to follow his dreams. (Fiction. 11-14)