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Jump Cut (Seven the series) (edition 2012)

by Ted Staunton

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Member:elizardkwik
Title:Jump Cut (Seven the series)
Authors:Ted Staunton
Info:Orca Book Publishers (2012), Paperback, 232 pages
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Jump Cut by Ted Staunton

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    Only in the Movies by William Bell (fountainoverflows)
    fountainoverflows: Both books have teenage protagonists who love film. Both books include sections that are written as film scripts.
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    fountainoverflows: Both books have smart-ass elderly women as central characters and a teenager along for the ride.
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This is the fifth book I've read in this series and, while I'm highly pleased with series as a whole, at this time I can fairly say this has been my favourite title to date and may be the best in the whole series. I do still have Shane Peacock's entry to read, though, so I'll reserve final judgement till then. Hooked from the beginning, this is a classic tale of boy's adventure. The main character is 17yo film director wannabe Spencer and his quest from the Grandfather involves filming his task. Filmmaking, movies, the "pictures" is a major theme here and the book reads as if it is a movie. Pure action from start to finish, with admittedly over-the-top events accumulating on top of one another. One has to suspend belief for this tale, but it is obvious the author has written the plot like this on purpose as real life is compared and contrasted to movies frequently. Involving hidden secrets from the past, drug deals, bikers, mafia and a race against time, I found this story to be both exciting and good fun. The events of this and Ink Me are tied to one another, in that what is happening in one affects the plot of the other, but this is conveyed to the brothers through texts and it won't matter which one you read first. Though having already read Ink Me, I completely understood what was happening with that aspect of this plot. It's wonderful to read a book where you love all the characters and here I certainly did, right down to the dog, Mistah Bones. And GL, the grandma? Let me say, everybody is going to want to go out and get themselves a 90yo grandma after meeting her. Staunton is a new author for me. I've only just read his latest book "Who I'm Not" and look forward to his further ventures in Young Adult action/suspense. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jan 16, 2014 |
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A quick and easy read that's a lot of fun, with great characters. A little young for me, but middle graders should like it more. ( )
  pandorasbooks | Apr 18, 2013 |
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First off, this doesn't seem like a series you need to read in any particular order. Each of the seven books tell the story through one of the grandsons, and the novels overlap each other in time. You'll get more if you read several, especially if you read ones about siblings. Spencer is Bunny's brother, so he gets quick messages about Bunny's task (Ink Me).

This was a very fast, middle grade read. The story is gender neutral, which is great. There are elements that will probably attract boys more, and some that will draw girls more. But it was the gangster part of the story line that really kept the story moving along. One thing I liked most was that Spencer seems to be more of an introverted character, and not the stereotypical boy who likes sports and showing off. If you are looking for a contemporary middle grade novel that is not romantic in nature, you should check this out. ( )
  sawcat | Apr 12, 2013 |
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Each of the books in the Seven series follows a grandson as he carries out his grandfather's last request. Jump Cut is Spencer O'Toole's story. Because he dreams of being a filmmaker, Grandpa D sends Spencer to visit aging B-movie star Gloria Lorraine and film her giving him a kiss on the cheek. Spencer cannot understand the reason behind the request, but that is all part of what proves to be an interesting journey as Spencer, as do all good YA protagonists, learns a lot about himself along the way. This is a wonderful, quick read perfect for more reluctant readers or anyone who enjoys a good YA aimed at boys. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Feb 25, 2013 |
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This was an interesting story with a great premise and quite a cast of characters. Not entirely believable, but enough to draw interest to the other books in the series. Recommended to potential movie-makers and those who like series with books written by different people. ( )
  elizardkwik | Jan 7, 2013 |
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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@#8212: 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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Spencer travels to Buffalo to get a kiss from an ancient movie star...the task his late grandfather wants him to undertake...and he's supposed to film it. Gloria Lorraine, star of the silver screen back in the day 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.… (more)

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