A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION 2016
"Extremely heartfelt, UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD is a window into the reality of the acting industry." - STEFANIA OWEN, The Carrie Diaries and Coming Through the Rye
"Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Peñaflor, herself a teacher of young Hollywood actors, has captured the challenging realities of being a child star in this riveting, well-paced novel. Joss' poignant first-person narrative will draw readers in, making them feel the pains of a reading disability and the struggles of wanting a parent's love, and remove some of the industry's glamour by showing its many pressures and long days of filming."
On the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.
"UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD feels like a true story, a real movie set experience—the good (great!!!), bad, and ugly. This book showed me that storytelling can be just like moviemaking because both give a slice of real life to learn from."
- OONA LAURENCE, Matilda the Musical Tony Honoree, Southpaw, Pete’s Dragon, Bad Moms
"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."
- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL