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Mackenzie Blue Hardcover – May 5, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the MacKenzie Blue Series

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Grade 4-7–As in many other books for this audience, the protagonist's best friend moves away; she makes a quirky new friend or two; a mean girl is the nemesis; and diary entries, lists, and IMing cut through the text. Throw in comic-book art with big-eyed characters and you have Mackenzie Blue. Zee is starting seventh grade in Brookdale Academy with Jasper, an awkward Brit she befriended that summer. She is a guitar player who is looking forward to Teen Sing, a national contest that offers its winner a recording contract. Auditions will take place in her school's auditorium. Zee enters instrumental class expecting a famous classical teacher and finds Mr. P., a nervous rock enthusiast. Kathi, the mean girl, is mean to him. Chloe, a girl from the South who plays cello, becomes perky friend number two. So why, when Zee's diary is lost, does she suspect her friends and not Kathi? With its pop credentials, the book will have some appeal to tweens, but it's nothing special.–Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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“This lighthearted series [is] sure to please girls all too aware of the impending approach of middle school.” (ALA Booklist)

“Well’s heroine is spunky and creative, an open–hearted everygirl with a love of words, art and music. Young readers will find much to inspire them in her story.” (Kidsreads.com)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mackenzie Blue (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061583081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061583087
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, Tina Wells creates marketing strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. She has authored the youth marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right and the best-selling tween series Mackenzie Blue. In addition to serving on the Young Entrepreneur Council, the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, and The Franklin Institute's board of directors, Tina is also the current Academic Director of Wharton's Leadership in the Business World program. Tina's long list of honors include Essence's 40 Under 40, Billboard's 30 Under 30, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and Inc's 30 Under 30.

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Format: Hardcover
I decided to go get the book for my 12 year old stepsister and she REALLY likes it. The characters are in middle school and it's all about their lives which really appealed to her. She read the whole thing in a day! The illustrations and little diary entries are a great touch. The website is really cool too. I definitely recommend this book for anyone with little sisters, nieces, nephews, etc.
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There are just so many precious books out there right now for middle grade girls. The latest one that I've found is MACKENZIE BLUE by Tina Wells. Booking Daughter almost had a conniption when she saw this book and read the description (and the book even mysteriously disappeared from my desk)! I think the cover alone made her want to pick it up because it's just so appealing -- it has an adorable young girl on the cover with lots of hearts, stars and shine.

I thought this book was very cute. It was a great mix of a lot of elements that I find myself enjoying in middle grade books. The storyline definitely captured my attention, and there was even a mystery about a missing diary that kept me hooked. In addition, there were "real" diary entries on lined notebook paper, loads of text messages (with a glossary in the back for the abbreviations), as well as illustrations of Zee and her friends. It was a very quick read for me, and I think even young girls who aren't big readers are going to be attracted to this book and the story.

I absolutely loved Zee. She seemed to be a pretty normal tween who just happened to live in Los Angeles and attend a pretty posh private school. I especially appreciated that Zee and her friends were all very gifted with musical and singing talents. Zee was actually a singer/songwriter who had dreams of winning the Teen Sing contest; and I know girls are going to really like the "American Idol" performance aspect of the book. I liked the Zee's lyrics and really enjoyed seeing how she learned to express herself through her music.

All of the characters in this story were just terrific,and I think kids will recognize traits from the children they know from school.
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My younger cousin and I were searching for a new book for her to read and Mackenzie Blue defiantly caught our attention. She is absolutely excited to read the book, especially after checking out the book's website. It's vibrant colors and images and exciting storyline is what really got my little cousin interested. It's the perfect book for her!
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I actually found this book's website first and spent an hour playing Kathi's closet with my niece (haha, yes I actually enjoyed playing it too). She loved it and the characters. We read part of the book online and had to buy it. The fact you can actually read part of the book online first before you decide to buy it is a big plus for me. The illustrations are great and overall it is a perfect book for my niece who was looking for something new to read. =)
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We just got this book and my daughter is already crazy about it! I think it's the illustration and colorful pictures that really captured her attention, besides, the storyline in a school setting is one that really intrigues little girls. This is a must have!
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I bought this for my little cousin who is always looking for new books to read, and it has become an instant favorite. She can relate so much to Mackenzie, they are alike in so many ways! The book is fresh and contemporary -- perfect for "tweens"!!
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i got a few things rushed shipped in amazon and came across this book and i thought i'd get it for my cousin. my younger cousin loves reading, and she picked it up right away. she read this book in about an hour. she said it was super interesting, and that she loved ms. blue because she's just like her. it's written like a diary, so if someone you know liked diary of a wimpy kid, they'll probably like this (especially if they're a girl).
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I'd have to agree with the others, this book is a definite must! My daughter is anxiously awaiting its arrival. Young girls can easily related to the content of this book and learn from all of Mackenzie's misfortunes. I think the diary entries and IM conversations are absolutely adorable. It makes the book more appealing to our youngsters who are often glued to the computer.
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