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Mackenzie, Lost and Found

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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 profes ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 17th 2008 by Dundurn (first published November 14th 2008)
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Mackenzie, Lost and found is the utterly original, beautifully crafted story of a forbidden love.

I thought Mackenzie and Nasir were such realistically portrayed characters. They were easy to relate to and I have a good feeling they will be very hard to forget. I particularly found Nasir to be an intriguing character. There was just something about him that was just so different from other male love interests in YA books and I don't just mean the fact that he's Muslim, though that probably
Feb 10, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
An enjoyable tale of star-crossed love. Mackenzie is a believable and sympathetic heroine. Wonderful characters are made more vivid by the city of Jerusalem which almost felt like a character itself. I loved the taste of that exotic city that author, Kerbel, gave us. She very gently encourages the reader to think about the complexities of living in such a volatile place.
May 09, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it
Still dealing with the tragic loss of her mother, the last thing Mackenzie Hill expects or wants is to be forcibly removed from her native Canada to attend an archeological dig in Israel with her eccentric father. Living in foreign Jerusalem couldn’t be more different than her safe home in the Western Hemisphere, with the soldiers everywhere, different languages Mackenzie can’t understand, and currency she doesn’t know how to use—an entire new mix of cultures. Mackenzie slowly gets used to this ...more
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15-year-old Mackenzie Hill is still recovering from the loss of her mother when her father announces that they're moving to Israel because he was offered a position at a university there.

Being torn away from the only home she has ever known in Toronto, Canada, is not Mackenzie's idea of a good time. Her father promises that if after three months she still doesn't like it there, she can move back to Canada, and she plans to do just that.

But soon Macken

Mackenzie Lost and Found is an intriguing novel of survival. Mackenzie, who has recently lost her mom in a tragic accident, is hurting, frustrated with her father and sad. When her dad moves them to Israel Mackenzie fully intends to leave with her return ticket to Canada in three months. Mackenzie meets Marla, a US citizen whom she shares a common loss with, and Nasir, a Muslim boy who she forms a forbidden relationship with. Both of these friends will chang
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Three months. Mackenzie just has to suffer through three months in a foreign country where she doesn’t know the language, the customs or anyone other than her father. When Mackenzie’s father told her that they would be moving to Israel for a year so he could oversee an archeological dig near Jerusalem, she had flatly refused to go. However, he had eventually agreed that if she was truly miserable after three months, he’d arrange to send her home. Life in Jerusalem does indeed prove very differen ...more
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Oct 20, 2010 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
Forbidden Love is always a good story in any book. The author took risk and in my opinion paid off. The description are easy to picture like if you are their taking part in the story. You read in different POV's and understand each side. Even though it is about forbidden love its written in a new fresh and different way. The way the author wrote it you can easily loose yourself at times. This book will offer folklore, religion and traditions from where the story takes place. The ending was what ...more
May 23, 2013 Trisha rated it really liked it
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what an amazing and sweet love story.

Mackenzie (Muck-and-zee) was born and raised in Canada. Suddenly, her dad moves the to Israel and she is plunked right into a new world. A new culture, language, customs and deep rooted religious beliefs.

and she is female - not the safest thing to do. She doesn't know right from wrong or even how to communicate.

So she doesn't stray far from her front door, just mainly stumbling to the local corner store. And her gum and candy habit isn't what brings her th
Mar 07, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars, read-2009

If there was a weak part in this novel, it was the characters. Mackenzie, while a nice character, was very whiny at times. Also, at times she didn't act her age, and that annoyed me a bit, but not too much. Some of the characters just didn't seem REAL, and I wish they would've been more real -- I think I would've liked this novel a lot more.


The idea of the book was fabulous. While the idea of "forbidden love" has been done before, this book makes it different and original. That's r
Nov 27, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to really like this book, but as I read through it, I loved it. Until, the ending. God how I hate it, I wanted to cry. Its so not fair. I mean Deborah spent all this time on their relationship and they don't even end up together! You don't even find out what happens to him!!!!!! Its ludicrous!!!! I swear! Can someone please tell me theres a sequel??
Apr 17, 2014 Sophia rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I think there's nothing the author could change.(except write a sequel) It makes me think about how it would be so difficult moving to a new country and culture. It was a bit sad and the ending wasn't really happy.
Aug 01, 2012 Maya marked it as to-read
i really want to get this book like now, dam library doesn't have it. think I'm gonna go look for it somewhere else
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Im not sure exactly why but, i absolutely enjoyed reading this! It just got my attention the more i read.
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Deborah Kerbel was born in London, England, but moved to Canada before she was old enough to cultivate a posh accent or a love of marmalade.
A finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award and the 2010 Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year Award, Deborah is the author of six novels for young adult and middle grade readers. Her debut picture book will be published in Fall, 2017
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