American Girl Series Book 1: The Real Z

“That’s it!” I told them. “Forget I’m here.” The drummer hung back, and I could tell she wasn’t thrilled about dancing on camera. “If I can dance like a goofball, you guys can, too!” I said. I handed Mom my camera and busted out my best, most awkward moves, making everyone laugh. I grabbed the camera again and went back to filming. I liked what I was seeing through the viewfinder—a group of friends having a great time in the rain.”

Meet Z Yang! She’s an aspiring filmmaker who finds her focus sharing her unique take on the world!

And action! Z knows what she’s doing when it comes to making movies. She’s an expert at stop-motion video. In this first book about the aspiring filmmaker, Z has to make a whole new kind of movie–a documentary–and it’s harder than she thought. Z wants to wow the judges, but she’s not sure her ideas are good enough for a film festival. With the help of her friends, Z shoots a lot of footage, but something about it doesn’t feel right. Should she start over? As she tries to make a movie she can be proud of, Z discovers that to be a real filmmaker, she’ll first have to be her real self.