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The Resource Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells ; illustrations by Michael Segawa

Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells ; illustrations by Michael Segawa

Label
Mackenzie Blue
Title
Mackenzie Blue
Statement of responsibility
by Tina Wells ; illustrations by Michael Segawa
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At the beginning of seventh grade, Mackenzie is worried--her best friend has moved to France, someone steals her diary, she alienates her two new friends, and it looks like she has lost her chance to win the Teen Sing contest
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Tone
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Review
  • Gr 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 --Tina Zubak (Reviewed July 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 7, p95)
  • With a lot of exclamation points and online shorthand (glossary included for newbies), Wells begins her saga of Mackenzie (Zee) Blue Carmichael, whose main goal is surviving junior high. Her BFF has moved “ALL THE WAY to PARIS,” her dad drops her off every morning in a smog-friendly SUV (the horror!), a rich and popular student is determined to make Zee's life miserable, and Zee's diary gets stolen and quoted on the whiteboard in music class. Wells throws in a lot of typical teen insecurity (“Zee felt like the newest inductee into the Geek Hall of Fame”), friendship troubles, fashion turmoil and some not-so-subtle soapboxing on “going green.” Young female tweens will enjoy the IM chats and earnest lists that Zee writes, e.g., “Ways My Life Could Get Worse.” Still, Wells is perhaps trying a bit too hard, with gratuitous pop culture references and frequent use of text-message lingo. As might be expected, things end well for Zee and her gang, but the characters are unlikely to linger with readers. Ages 8–12. (May) --Staff (Reviewed May 4, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 18, p50)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
321575
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wells, Tina
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 630
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.W46846
LC item number
Mac 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Segawa, Michael
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Mackenzie Blue
Series volume
[bk. 1]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schools
  • Singing
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Diaries
  • Schools
  • Singing
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Diaries
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells ; illustrations by Michael Segawa
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
208 p., [4]
Isbn
9780061583087
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2008045064
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)262883976
Label
Mackenzie Blue, by Tina Wells ; illustrations by Michael Segawa
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
208 p., [4]
Isbn
9780061583087
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2008045064
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)262883976

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