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Grade 6–9—Once a haven for hippies and starving artists, eighth-grader Mac Slater's seaside hometown in Australia has begun to be recognized as one of the world's coolest destinations. After watching Mac crash his latest extreme invention, a flying bike, Coolhunters, a Web-based company looking for young people to post their reports on the hottest new trends, invites him to participate in a contest to become their next correspondent. All he has to do to win is post daily videos of the coolest trends coming out of Kings Bay and attract more online votes than his competition. The gig comes with cash, free stuff, and travel opportunities, including a trip to New York. The problem is, unconventional Mac is not sure he knows what "cool" even means. A geeky outcast at school, he lives in a converted double-decker bus with his street-performer mom. His estranged dad, still living nearby, is a prickly, aging activist and inventor who spends time working on oddball projects like an energy-capturing "lightning farm" when he's not serving time for civil disobedience. Mac's biggest obstacle, though, is his cutthroat classmate Cat DeVrees, a beautiful, calculating fashionista with a huge wardrobe and a goony boyfriend. There's no way she's going to let some loser get between her and the big-time celebrity she feels entitled to. First in a planned series, this novel affirms a truth adolescents need to be reminded of: that true cool comes from within and can't be obtained with a credit card.—Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
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About the Author

Tristan Bancks is an author with a background in acting and filmmaking. He loves the beach, space, New York City, making movies, flying, ice cream, theme parks and mind-blowing inventions. Mac Slater Hunts the Cool was his first book for middle-graders. He lives in Australia.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mac Slater Hunts the Cool
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416985743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416985747
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,416,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tristan Bancks is a children's and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking.
His books include the MY LIFE series, MAC SLATER (Australia and US) and TWO WOLVES, a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. TWO WOLVES won Honour Book in the 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and has been shortlisted in the YABBA Children's Choice Awards. It is released in the US as ON THE RUN in November 2015 (Farrar Straus Giroux).

Tristan's short films as writer and director have won a number of awards and have screened widely in festivals and on TV including Aspen ShortsFest, London Film Festival and the US Sundance Channel. He loves the beach, space, reading and writing, New York City, making and watching movies, flying, ice cream and theme parks. Tristan is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. www.tristanbancks.com

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I thought this book was pretty awesome. The idea of coolhunters was intriguing, and I liked how Mac searched for his own brand of coolness. Mac's living situation was unique and quirky, and Mac and Paul's antics kept me laughing. This book was a fast, fun read.
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Mac and Paul are 13 year old inventors in a coastal Australian town, and through some never really explained circumstances, wind up with an opportunity to become "coolhunters" for a website that charts teen trends. These two are great characters and play off each other well. They are unique and both come from different family situations and have different ways of looking at things. Paul is the brain and Mac is the guts and between the two of them, they figure out that being cool is not something you can buy, and has nothing to do with how you dress. Mac talks about finding your passion, being in the "flow" and being true to yourself. This book has a great message for young middle schoolers who are perhaps just beginning to get drawn into all of that "cool" mentality. It's a great reminder that the coolest people are the ones who truly know who they are.

This is a great read and I didn't see any content that was "disgusting" or inappropriate for readers 12 and up. There are a couple of refereneces to kids at a party "sucking face", but that was the extent of it. Mac's lifestyle and relationship with his mother was not one of neglect, but one of obvious caring and trust. This is a good story that I think young boys especially will enjoy and parents can be assured that it is one that promotes imagination, self assuredness and independence. Not a bad bunch of lessons.
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