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Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel

By: Lygia Day Peñaflor

Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress but she struggles to find herself on a film set where all that matters is what she's not prepared to do.

ISBN: 9781626723696

JLG Release: Dec 2016


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Actors and actresses , Self-actualization , Self-esteem and self-reliance , Films

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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’ 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

Book Details

ISBN

9781626723696

First Release

December 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 13;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Actors and actresses, Self-actualization, Self-esteem and self-reliance, Films,

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