The Compulsive Reader: Mackenzie, Lost and Found by Deborah Kerbel

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mackenzie, Lost and Found by Deborah Kerbel

Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie is horrified to learn that her father has decided to move from their Canadian hometown to Jerusalem for a year. Despite her father's insistence that the move will be good for them, and that they both could use a change of scenery to help them heal after the death of Mackenzie's mother, Mackenzie is certain that this decision is a bad one, and that she'll be miserable. But once she's there, she can't help be overwhelmed and amazed at the diversity and culture in Jerusalem. Then she makes a new friend, and slowly falls for Nasir...

Deborah Kerbel creates a very unique and thoughtful look at the collision of cultures in Mackenzie, Lost and Found. It's the mix of exotic experiences and everyday problems that make this novel an engaging one; Mackenzie's story is unconventional, but she is an average teen, and through her journey to Jerusalem, readers experience her coming-of-age as she is faced with each new difficulty, from the difficulty of a language barrier to something as universal as friendship troubles. Readers are challenged to think right along with Mackenzie in this sensitive, romantic, and intriguing read, and are sure to learn plenty along the way. Kerbel has created a unique, inviting, and thought provoking book that is sure grab teens looking for something different.

Cover Comments: I like this cover--it's simple yet striking. You don't often see such close-up shots of faces on covers (sometimes it seems like designers go out of their way to AVOID faces). I like how the contrasting skin colors are really played up in this cover--great job.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, sounds awesome. I'm starting to really really want to read this one!! I like novels that take place in other countries.


Bookgeek said...

Haven't seen or heard of this before but oh, looks really interesting.