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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545417279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545417273
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Jenks began making films as a middle schooler, was a misfit and eventual dropout at NYU, and worked hard to make a name for himself. At 19, he decided to move into an assisted-living facility for a few months and make a documentary about it. It screened successfully at film festivals, and HBO bought it. Jenks then became interested in Bobby Valentine's story and moved to Japan to document the legendary baseball manager's life as an ex-pat. Next came a show on MTV, World of Jenks, in which he immersed himself in the lives of people on the fringes of society-an autistic man, a homeless girl-for weeks at a time. Ostensibly a memoir, the book reads like a cross between a professional portfolio and a series of mass email updates from a 20-year-old. Between lists of famous people he's shaken hands with (once Tom Cruise retweeted him!), accounts of his meals ("I'm twenty-three, toasting top government officials and eating Kobe beef, the best in the world"), and endless brags about his own perseverance and abilities (he describes himself and his friends as "everything [Bobby Valentine] loved about the world"), Jenks conveys surprisingly little information, missing opportunities to teach aspiring documentarians anything about the filmmaking process. Pictures of Jenks making funny faces, with captions such as "Bottom right: No idea what I'm doing," saturate the book with unnecessary images and add little substance. Try Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop (Delacorte, 2004) for a more meaningful biography of a pop-culture artist.-Allison Bruce, Bank Street Library, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jenks, a successful, 26-year-old maker of documentary films, presents a slick but lively account of how he blew off film school, ignored naysayers, and transformed his lifelong dream into a career that so far includes two lauded feature-length movies and an MTV series (currently in its second season). Rather than focusing on the technical details of production, he takes a wider angle, interspersing engaging anecdotes about filming his various subjects (who have ranged from a teen living with autism and the residents of an old-age home to baseball manager Bobby Valentine) with personal comments. Also, while he does tuck in superficial platitudes, such as “Fake it until you make it,” he highlights personal qualities that will get anyone on their way, such as being bold, learning how to listen, and never taking no for an answer. Formatted in easily digestible paragraphs with both frequent changes of type color and size and a generous admixture of snapshots and stills, this success story offers encouragement to a wide audience. Grades 7-10. --John Peters

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What a wonderful book about a young filmmaker and his adventures.
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I bought it on my Kindle, and literally sat down and read it start to finish over a couple hours time.
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This biography is one of the most interesting books I've ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Davis on April 12, 2013
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I have been a fan of Andrew Jenks for many years. When I heard he had a book coming out, I purchased the digital copy. I was very impressed, because it was written as if Jenks himself was talking. People may not appreciate the writing style, but for those of us who are familiar with him, it comes as no surprise. I would very much recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scooter84 on February 22, 2013
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Not only just a talented filmmaker, Jenks proves he can write, too - and write well. The book was thoughfully laid out, and the stories come through in color. Totally worth the read - the dude is just a talented storyteller, the medium (film, tv, writing) just doesn't matter. Totally solid read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Thompson on April 12, 2013
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I was inspired to by the book because I love World of Jenks, and all that Andrew Jenks does for society. I bought it on my Kindle, and literally sat down and read it start to finish over a couple hours time. It gave great insight to his life and really shows what an amazing and inspiring person he is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HuntleyMC on April 6, 2013
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I had no idea who Andrew Jenks was until I was watching a show, The Crossover with Beadle and Briggs, he was an interesting and funny guest. So he mentioned this book and I picked it up. Enjoyable, quick read that give a look inside Jenks process of making documentary films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Brown on April 2, 2013
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Loved the book nice to see a kid do good things...watch his show on MTV too.more kids should be doing good things
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Engelke on March 6, 2013
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So real and refreshing! Love the show so I bought the book and finished it in 6 hours I couldn't put it down!! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother on February 15, 2013
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What a wonderful book about a young filmmaker and his adventures. Very descriptive. Definitely a smart and creative young man. I look forward to seeing more of his works in the future. Everyone should own a copy of this book.
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By Esteban Gast on October 9, 2013
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Sure, this book is a little simple at times but it's an entertaining and informative read. Even if you're not a fan of Jenks (and I'm a big fan), it's a fascinating look at someone who has accomplished a lot. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in film!
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