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Mackenzie Blue Hardcover – May 5, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 66 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 (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gabrielle Rosas on May 5, 2009
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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It's too good for words at first I was a little bored then it got so exciting! It was so amazing I finished it in one sitting it made me speechless and it is good for all ages even my 8 year old neighbor would love love love it
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I had bought the 4 books in the series for my 11 yo cousin for her birthday and she has enjoyed all and read them multiple times, she is awaiting the 5th book which is coming out in June. On my cousin recomendation I bought the first 2 in the series for my friend's 9 yo daughter for Christmas.
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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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