Pete Milano's Guide to Being A Movie Star

illus. by Rebecca Roher. 256p. (Charlie Joe Jackson). Roaring Brook. Feb. 2016. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781626721678.
Gr 4–6—Pete Milano, a popular character from the Charlie Joe Jackson series, literally gets his time in the spotlight. On the run after pulling a prank on one of his classmates, he gets discovered by a casting director looking to fill one of the starring roles in her new movie Sammy and the Princess. Complications ensue when Pete's friends feel like they are not important to him anymore and the budding friendship with his famous co-star puts a strain on his relationship with his girlfriend. Featuring much of the same characters of Greenwald's previous titles, this book stands on its own. Relevant background of the characters are provided and kids will have no problem following along. Young readers will enjoy Pete's humor and the various forms of storytelling (passages from the movie script are sprinkled throughout the text). The idea of a regular kid achieving something great will definitely appeal to readers.
In this Charlie Joe Jackson series spinoff, class clown Pete suddenly finds himself starring in a movie. He discovers that being a star has its problems: his girlfriend is jealous of his beautiful co-star, and his other friends think he has abandoned them. Readers will enjoy the humor and the insight into how movies are made. Comic line drawings match the story's light mood.

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