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Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel by [Peñaflor, Lygia Day]
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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 7 - 13

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Gr 6–8—A novel that addresses a mix of light and serious issues, with a well-drawn setting and realistic characters. Sixth grader and child star Joss Byrd is on the set for an upcoming movie being filmed in Montauk, Long Island. The film is based on the lives of the director Terrance, his sister Norah, and their abusive stepdad. The presence of Joss's mother, Vivi, on location sets up conflicts involving family issues, responses to abuse, and professional responsibilities. Vivi often comes up with ill-fated business ideas and relies on Joss's income instead of finding a steady job. Vivi pressures her petite daughter to take roles now, worrying that puberty will end her career. The tween wants to avoid sexual assault scenes with Tom Garrett, who plays Norah's abusive stepfather, and always stays in character. Script changes are presented daily, and Joss struggles with her dyslexia as she relearns her lines. Despite Terrance's promises, the protagonist must film a scene in which her character tells her brother that she was sexually abused by their stepfather, but the real Norah doesn't want the scene in the movie. Additionally, Joss can't connect with local kids, who assume that she is stuck-up and entitled. This is a quick and compelling read with fully fleshed-out characters. It focuses on the issues of responsible parenting, the struggles of not feeling like an average kid, the sexualization of young women, and the exploitation of a tragic past. The book ends realistically, with some unresolved threads. VERDICT A general purchase for libraries looking to round out their fiction for tweens.—Liz Anderson, DC Public Library

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"Although the young protagonist makes the story seem exclusively for middle graders at first glance, sympathetic Joss' journey delves into themes like living with learning disabilities, dealing with celebrity culture, sexual precocity, and understanding the difference between actors' public and private selves, broadening its audience. Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs." ―Kirkus Reviews

Product details

  • File Size: 1236 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BBXYAIW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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