A Friend Like Filby

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Mark Wakely

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George, a senior in high school, has been fascinated with the idea of time travel ever since the unexpected death of his mother when he was ten, and hopes someday to find a friend like Filby, the forever loyal friend of the time traveler in the 1960 movie The Time Machine.


Action,Adventure,Comedy,Drama,Family,Young Adult,Funny,Melodrama

Short Summary

George Wells lives with his dad and younger brother Kenny, who is autistic. George’s two closest high school friends, Dave and Nancy (nickname Onion), struggle at times to understand his odd time travel obsession as they deal with issues of their own both in and out of school.


In and around a high school on the outskirts of a mid-size town.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: George Wells

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Honorable,Naive,Strong Moral Code,Selfless,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: David Baker

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Masculine,Honorable,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Nancy Gordon

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Sarcastic,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Mark Wakely, author of the award-winning Young Adult novel An Audience for Einstein, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is an administrator at prestigious Elmhurst University in Elmhurst, Illinois. He is also an avid reader and amateur astronomer. A Friend Like Filby is his second novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Canoe Tree Press, a division of DartFrog Books

Year Published: 2021

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George is entering his senior year of high school with his best friends, Dave and Onion, by his side. They get up to many antics, reveling in their last years of childhood. The group does all the typical traditions including prom. On graduation day, George says goodbye to his old life, looking ahead to what the future holds.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

The story did not draw me in. It is a slice of life type of story, following George during his senior year in high school. There isn’t a driving plot that pushes the story forward that would engage an audience.

Possible Drawbacks

There is not much driving the plot. The story is a look at a young boy’s senior year of high school. Many of the typical events happen to him; getting into trouble, hanging with friends , etc. It is a slice of life without much drawing the audience in.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that George is going through his senior year of high school, learning those last few life lessons before he goes out into the real world.

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Awards Potential

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not original. It is about teenagers and their typical antics as they go through high school. The story is broken down as situational, exploring different events in George’s year with his friends and family. The story could have a more engaging premise. High school dramas tend to have a situation that the story stems from which impacts the characters. This story does not.

Lead Characters

The lead character is an average teen who has faced some heartache in his young life with the death of his mother. George is having fun, making mistakes and looking forward to life after high school. He is a normal kid, living a normal life.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story about teenage life. The story is relatable for most because school is a common experience many have had. The story could be improved with a starting plot point. Why are we meeting George in high school? What is going on in his life that is drawing us into his story?

Possible Formats

Film: Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



This is a work in progress because the story isn’t very engaging at the moment. George is having a typical high school experience with a few moments of excitement thrown in. Why should the audience get invested into his story over another 17 year old?

Tips for Improvement

For this to be a consider or recommend, there needs to be a driving plot. The story currently is ordinary. It needs an element to set it apart from other high school stories. There needs to be a premise that connects the characters and engages the attention of an audience. Right now, it is a pleasant story about a 17 year olds senior year in a typical American town.