The Secret Crush (Mackenzie Blue Series #2)

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Mackenzie Blue has a crush!

But how can she get Landon—the cutest boy in school—to notice her? The class's new rock-and-roll musical is her chance.

Reasons why our musical is going to be amazing:

  1. I could be the star!
  2. Landon could be my co-star . . . which means we'll hang...
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Overview

Mackenzie Blue has a crush!

But how can she get Landon—the cutest boy in school—to notice her? The class's new rock-and-roll musical is her chance.

Reasons why our musical is going to be amazing:

  1. I could be the star!
  2. Landon could be my co-star . . . which means we'll hang out together.
  3. Working on the sets, props, music, script, and costumes will be tons of fun.

There's so much to do, I'd better get started!

Between her crush, the musical, and her friends—not to mention school work—Zee is torn in a thousand different directions. With all the real-life drama going on, will she lose sight of what's really important?

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“A lighthearted series, sure to please girls all too aware of the impending approach of middle school.”
ALA Booklist
“A lighthearted series, sure to please girls all too aware of the impending approach of middle school.”
Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
The second book in the "Mackenzie Blue" series finds our heroine Zee preparing for the student-run rock musical and hoping to gain the attention of her crush, Landon. As Zee tries to show her dedication to the musical by taking on multiple leadership roles, her attitude begins to scare off her friends. However, she does not always notice, as she is preoccupied with spending as much time as possible with Landon, in order to gain his affection. On Friends' Day, Zee gets a card from a secret admirer and is convinced it is from Landon. Her other friends are not so sure, and the notoriously snobby Kathi has been suspiciously friendly despite her previous betrayal of Zee. Trying to balance schoolwork, a crush, friends, and a long distance friendship with her best friend Ally, Zee needs to learn time management and set her priorities straight. There are cartoon illustrations, and the character lineup in the beginning is fun to help envision the book's cast. Pre-teens will enjoy the school drama, the IM chats, and diary entries. There is not much here for older audiences, except for a glossary of on-line shorthand. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This book picks up where Mackenzie Blue (HarperCollins, 2009) left off. The seventh grader and her friends in Mr. P's music class are going to form a band and put on a rock 'n' roll musical based on Romeo and Juliet. Mackenzie hopes to be the lead while her big crush, Landon, plays opposite her. This sequel is full of elements tweens can relate to, such as texting, mean girls, embarrassing moments, and references to popular culture. The tone is light and positive. Mackenzie texts and emails her friends and writes in a journal. An "Online Glossary" is included, and playful illustrations appear throughout. Fans of Lauren Myracle's Luv Ya Bunches (Abrams, 2009) and Meg Cabot's "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series (Scholastic) will enjoy this one.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061583117
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Mackenzie Blue Series , #2
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 548,418
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Wells

Tina Wells founded Buzz Marketing Group when she was only sixteen years old. Today, Tina continues to run her company and lives outside of Philadelphia. Tina says, "Mackenzie's crew reminds me now of my own group of friends! And like Mackenzie, I had big dreams and worked hard to make them come true."

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    Tina Wells is Back With Another Exciting Middle School Adventure

    Mackenzie Blue returns again, with all her friends & foes, for another middle school adventure. This time her music class is putting on the performance and she has got the lead, and her crush Landon is her co-star. This is great for Mackenzie because now she gets to spend every waking minute with him, get close to him, and maybe through all this she'll get to become his girlfriend. So if you notice on my site, you might notice that I don't review a lot of MG books because I don't read them mainly. But I read a few series, series that are still making books that I read at that age and books that I find really good. Mackenzie Blue is one of those books that is very attractive and fun looking, so it's a must read. It has IM (instant messaging) conversations, pictures, text messages, and diary entries in the book so it makes it a fun, quick read. You feel like it's Christmas morning while reading theses. I have not reviewed the first book in the series.

    Also a lot of things that happen in Mackenzie Blue is very realistic, and things that Zee (nickname for Mackenzie) is going through are things that I went through in middle school. Examples; having the popular girl hate you, being embarrassed of your parents, crushing on a boy, and having those friends that stick up for you no matter what. In middle school it seems so hard, then you get to high school and you wish you were back in middle school. It's fun for a junior in high school to read this. It certainly takes your mind off of problems you have in your life. Mackenzie blue series is funny and in the first book (this is the sequel) Mackenzie's diary gets stolen and everyone in school finds out some of her biggest secrets. Which, if happen to me, I would be as desperate as Mackenzie to get it back. Mackenzie Blue is your regular 12 year old, who wishes to be the next Taylor Swift & is a fashionista. She is a very good friend, but sometimes gets to be selfish and sidetracked. Me and Mackenzie are nothing alike, but the amazing thing is while reading both books you feel like your Mackenzie. Tina Wells does an amazing job of going into a middle school girl's mind and writing a book of those periods in life. Both books are fast paste, but I enjoyed this book more then the other one. It is also a simple, easy read so you don't have to think to much. So I really don't have to dive deeper into it. But again, I recommend (if I haven't said this before) to read the first one first. The only complaints I have about this book is that the conflict in the end with, I guess lets say, the antagonist was very unrealistic. I cannot imagine a 12 year old doing that, though maybe I don't know enough people to tell that. Also, I know my generation (and current 12 year olds) talk about this a lot, but I found it weird with Kathi liking her teacher. That was just not needed, especially for this series, no matter how realistic it is. It made me feel unsettle at times reading what she thought about her teacher.

    In all this is a book I recommend to all, whether your 12, 16 or even 25. It's a relaxing read with unique, fun dialogue and emotion that comes through to the readers.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2009

    I love these books!

    well, I got the first book a couple of months ago and it was really good so i cant wait for this one to come out! go to mackenzieblue.com and they have some things that you can do on there like play games meet the characters get downloads get mackenzie blue's real email amd much much more! i think that girls 10-12 would like this book!!! i recommend it to girls 10-12

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    "I highly recommend this book."

    My daughter really enjoyed reading the first book. She finished The
    Secret Crush and says it was GREAT! Now she is anxiously waiting for book #3.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Awesome!

    This book was awesome!Tina Wells has come out with a new exciting book!So excited for next one!This definitley tells a lesson to stay true to yourself and follow your heart.Go for the gold with Mackenzie Blue!

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