Jump Cut (Seven Series)by Ted Staunton
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Spencer loves movies, but real life is boring, right? When his late grandfather's will reveals the tasks he wants his grandsons to undertake, Spencer thinks he got screwed. He's not going to France or Spain or Africa. He's not even getting a cool tattoo, like his younger brother. No, he's going to Buffalo to get a kiss from an ancient movie star. Gross. And he's supposed to film it. Grosser. But Spencer hasn't bargained on Gloria Lorraine, star of the silver screen back in the day. Gloria has big plans – plans that involve her granddaughter AmberLea, a gun, a baker who might be a gangster, some real gangsters and a road trip to Nowheresville, Ontario. After being shot at, jumping into an icy lake and confronting some angry bikers, Spencer finally realizes that real life can be as exciting (and dangerous) as reel life.
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Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. His previous books include the well-loved Green Applestreet Gang series, the Cyril and Maggie series, the Morgan series, Puddleman, Simon's Surprise, several titles in the Dreadful Truth series including the Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection The Dreadful Truth: Confederation, and the acclaimed Hope Springs a Leak, which was shortlisted for both a Silver Birch Award and a Hackmatack Award.
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Orca's The Seven Series gives us seven authors each writing the story of one of David McLean's grandsons. During the reading of David's will, four of his daughters and six of his grandsons learn that David left letters instructing each grandson to complete a task. At the same time, they learn there was another daughter and another grandson. A family tree showing David's descendents and the book covers in which each is the protagonist, and a map showing where each grandson will travel, are good additions in the front of the book. Spencer's task is to find a certain actress from decades-gone-by and have himself filmed getting a kiss from her. The filming part is important, because it is Spencer's dream to become a filmmaker. Interspersed in the story are several segments which are written as if a film script, with terms like fade in, close up, and tracking shot. Readers will learn a bit about filmmaking while enjoying Spencer's hilarious adventure with the stubborn, opinionated Gloria Lorraine, or GL as she lets her friends call her, GL's granddaughter, AmberLea, who has secrets of her own, and a baker who seems to be hiding more than icing sugar in the trunk. Spencer texts his younger brother, Bunny (Bernard), several times during the journey, asking if Bunny has completed his task, which is to get a tattoo. Bunny's story is chronicles in Ink Me. The humor is sometimes goofy but that will be just fine for the intended audience.