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I just finished reading MACKENZIE, LOST AND FOUND by Deborah Kerbel and adored it.

From the publisher:

Fifteen-year-old Mackenzie Hill knows something is up when she arrives home to find her father making a home-cooked dinner, instead of his standard delivery pizza. But nothing prepares her for the bombshell announcement: Mackenzie and her dad, alone since the death of her mother a year ago, are moving to Jerusalem, where her father has taken a position as a visiting professor at a university.

The adjustment from life in Canada to life in Israel is dramatic - though it's eased somewhat when Mackenzie is befriended by an American girl in her new school. The biggest shock of all comes when Mackenzie faces the wrath of her new friends, new community, and even her own father after she begins dating a Muslim boy.

Deborah Kerbel weaves a very convincing tale of a Canadian girl, adrift in an unfamiliar land. Angry at her father for ripping her away from her friends, Mackenzie begrudgingly settles into her new life, her new school and surprisingly to her, begins to forge new friendships and gain appreciation for her new life in Israel.

Kerbel uses a first person narrative with her MC, Mackenzie, and contrasts that POV very skillfully with the third person perspective of Mackenzie's new Muslim boyfriend, Nasir. The contrast between the two characters is striking, Mackenzie with her priviliged life and naivete and Nasir with his gritty upbringing and divided loyalties. The two characters are classically star-crossed, but as their friendship deepens, Mackenzie's character grows in conviction and maturity and Nasir's grows in hope for a better life.

A wonderful tale with believable characters and an imaginative premise.

Utterly enjoyable!

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#1 - November 22, 2008, 02:05 PM

Author of the REAL MERMAIDS tween series, RED DUNE ADVENTURES chapter book series, I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (2013) and more.


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