Sean Rosen is a creative thinker with big plans and he can’t wait to
take Hollywood by storm. After a failed attempt to reach out to a “big
entertainment company” with his idea, Sean discovers that he needs an
agent. When he fails to secure one, he creates his own agent. His alter
ego, “Dan Welsh”, becomes almost real to Sean and, in a series of
humorous emails and phone calls, almost snowballs out of control. In
the end, Sean nearly makes a movie deal but good sense and personal
integrity stop him short. I Represent Sean Rosen is a charming fantasy
with laugh-out-loud moments. Sean is a likeable character who will
appeal to young readers, especially those interested in movie making.
There are some fun elements in the novel, including Sean’s quirky
friends, a vindictive French teacher, and an annoying but loveable
grandmother. A unique “bonus”—Sean has a podcast where he conducts
some pretty interesting interviews that readers can find in real life—
at www.SeanRosen.com. There is limited Jewish content. Sean’s dad is
Jewish but estranged from his own father, who turns out to be a white
collar criminal. The family does celebrate Hanukkah. Sean and his
family attend his cousin’s dual-themed Las Vegas/Detroit Red Wings
Bar Mitzvah. A well-written, funny, perfectly middle-grade novel, I
Represent Sean Rosen is a satisfying read that both boys and girls will
enjoy. The premise is clever and the use of emails and phone calls
adds dynamics to the story. While it is a stretch to believe that Sean
would do all this wacky scheming without his parents’ knowledge,
young readers will enjoy the ride.
                                                              - Barbara Bietz