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Talent (Talent Novels) Paperback – June 19, 2008

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Book 1 of 4 in the Talent Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Talent Novels
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142474
  • ASIN: 1595141782
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on June 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Mackenzie may only be an eighth-grader, but she's lived in L.A. for her entire life, and she knows the entertainment scene like the back of her perfectly moisturized hand. With no special abilities or hobbies of her own other than being the leader of her group of popular friends, Mac thinks perhaps her talent is finding that in other people, allowing her to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the famous talent agent.

When Emily, her mother, and her best friend visit Los Angeles to go sight-seeing (and hopefully celebrity-spotting), they have no idea that Emily might be the next big thing. Mackenzie does, though. After Emily acts her way into a Hollywood party, her path crosses with Mac's, and the rest is history. The week that follows features shopping sprees, auditions, and lies that could strengthen or threaten friendships and careers.

Talent will appeal to fans of The Clique by Lisi Harrison and The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz. Each character has her own storyline (Mac's three best friends also have famous parents and are trying to make their own strides in or out of the industry; Emily's best friend was the one with real acting aspirations) and the plots overlap evenly. These girls have money (and bridges) to burn.

I wish that Mac and company were a little less materialistic and a little more aware of the real world. I hope that Emily stays true to herself as the series continues. I was glad that this book was far tamer, content-wise, than Dean's series The A-List, more appropriate for a younger but similar audience.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Los Angeles. Hollywood. The place is crawling with talent. Everywhere you look there's some stick-thin girl trying her hand at modeling; hard-bodied hottie striving to become the next Brad Pitt; geeky waiter spending his lunch breaks penning the next big film script. Chances are, if you're in Hollywood, you're looking for fame. And to achieve fame, you'd better have a ton of talent. Like Mackenzie Little-Armstrong's family.

Twelve-year-old Mackenzie "Mac" Little-Armstrong may be the toast of the town at Bel-Air Middle School, aka BAMS, but at home, she's just another face in the crowd. While her older brother, Jenner, is a talented surfer who's constantly snagging prizes at competitions; her younger sister, Maude, is a certified genius; her father is an amazing screenwriter; and her mother is the first-ever woman to become an agent for Initiative, one of the biggest agencies in the country, repping some of the latest and greatest stars to hit Hollywood; Mac is simply a nobody. Sure, she has great fashion sense, wields an AmEx like nobody's business, and has friends galore. But what she really wants is a talent; and she's determined to find one.

Cordelia "Coco" Kingsley has been living in her mother, Cardammon's, shadow since she inhaled her first breath. Cardammon is a huge name in the music industry, and one of the most talented vocalists. Luckily, Coco managed to inherit both Cardammon's amazing looks, and her vocal capacity. Between her singing and her dancing, Coco just knows that she could be the next big thing. Unfortunately, solo stars are out; duos are in. To have a shot at stardom, Coco will have to pair up with a partner. But when Cardammon introduces the girl to Coco, fists fly. Coco's new partner is Mac's enemy. Aka, Coco's enemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Mac Little-Armstrong has the ideal life: she's pretty, popular, rich, has a great and loving family and wonderful friends. But she's missing only one thing--a talent. She's surrounded by many talented friends and people, but yet can't seem to find one thing she's gifted at. Until one night she sees Midwesterner Emily Mungler cajoling security into letting her into one of the most exclusive after parties in Hollywood, and realizes that this small town girl has It. She's got the talent to make it as the new big actress, and only Mac recognizes it. Now she'll have to do the nearly impossible: teach Emily the Hollywood ropes and land her the most sought after role in the surefire blockbuster movie along side the hunky Davey Woodward. She'll have her work cut out for her...

Zoey Dean's Talent takes a fresh new spin on the boring privileged teen genre. The plot is one that is fast paced, awesome, and one that is easily believable. The characters have a tendency to be a little vain and quite materialistic, but their attitudes and personalities are a clear representation of young teens today. But Talent isn't all about the fabulous clothes and jobs--staying true to your friends, honesty, and loyalty are very present throughout the story, and add just the right touch of reality to the plot, making Talent a wholesome, yet deliciously fun and summery read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 19, 2008
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You have to have TALENT to make it in this world.

Meet Bel-Air Middle School's social queens: Mackenzie, Evangelina, and Cordelia.

Mackenzie Little-Armstrong has everything, except for one major important thing... talent. It's pretty obvious to Mackenzie that she has no talent, especially when she is compared to her mother, an agent; her father, a screenwriter; her older brother, Jenner, a surfer; and her younger sister, Maude, a genius. It's even obvious to People magazine. So now Mackenzie has to find her talent fast before anyone has the chance to knock her off her high horse.

Evangelina Becks is proud to be one of the best female surfers out there. Being out on the waves isn't the least bit scary, but having a crush on her best guy friend, Austin Holloway, is. Can she ignore the feeling she gets whenever he's around, or will she speak up before it's too late?

Cordelia Kingsley is a wonderful singer, which makes sense since her mother, Cardammon, is one of the biggest names in the music industry. And since duo groups are in, Cardammon made sure that her daughter was paired up with the perfect person. The only thing is, the other half of this up-and-coming group just so happens to be Mackenzie's enemy.

Then there is Emily Mungler who, with her mom and best friend, Paige Harrington, is visiting Hollywood. All the glitz and glamour was just how she expected it to be. Like everyone else, Emily has a talent, a secret talent. So secret that she doesn't even know about it either: she can act.

Mackenzie notices Emily's talent and wants to make sure that it doesn't go unnoticed. While trying to help Emily, Mackenzie just might be able to finder her own talent along the way.

TALENT is the newest guilty pleasure that will have you hooked. Fans of THE A-LIST and THE CLIQUE now have another series they need to get their hands on.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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