From School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Sean Rosen has an idea for a movie, one that he's certain is worth a lot of money. Unfortunately, he can't get it sold because he needs an agent or a manager. Since nobody wants to represent a 13-year-old boy, he moves to plan B: he invents Dan Welch to represent him. When the vice president of an entertainment company responds to Dan's email about his client, Sean must keep the myth alive while struggling with the decision to accept the offer he has received. In this hilarious debut novel, Baron gives readers interesting insight into the creative process. The ending, though a bit of a surprise, brings the story to a logical and perfect conclusion, but one gets the feeling that this may not be the last time readers hear from Sean Rosen. Fans of Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) and Carl Hiaasen's books will not be disappointed.-Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Burning with a big idea that he is convinced will revolutionize the entertainment industry, budding hustler Sean Rosen decides not to approach his preferred megabusiness partner until he has tried a dry run with his second choice. Inventing manager Dan Welch as a mouthpiece for his 13-year-old Midwestern self, Sean leverages massive chutzpah and a gift for gab into e-mail exchanges with a producer that lead to a $10,000 option offer on a movie he has made up, practically on the spur of the moment. The extended, chatty observations about his life, parents, relatives, family history, teachers, and schoolmates defocus the narrative, but Sean recounts his improbable success story in such a glib mix of moves and countermoves that readers will be swept along in the giddy rush. However, they may not like being strung along by Sean’s cagey refusal to describe his original notion, or agree with his ultimate decision to kill the film deal rather than surrender creative control of the script. Still, he—and Dan Welch—clearly have bright futures. Grades 5-8. --John Peters