Tina Wells has created a spunky and lovable character in Mackenzie Blue, aka Zee. In the first book of the Mackenzie Blue series, Zee is going in to seventh grade and things are not looking good. Her best friend has moved away, she is supposed to be helping Jasper who just moved from England, she desperately wants to win the Teen Sing competition, a new Music teacher and somehow her diary has gone missing. However, while these events were definitely speed bumps, Zee, with a true sense of self, finds her way.
What I really liked about this book is that Zee made mistakes and owned them. She is not perfect, but she is real. I loved the images, drawings, lists and texts. The book was fun with true messages through out. I even found myself laughing out loud at times. I immediately passed it along to some tween readers who also enjoyed the book immensely!
Disclosure: This book was sent to me as part of the First Look program with HarperCollins Canada