Sunday, March 11, 2012
REBEL MCKENZIE by Candice Ransom
Release date: June 26, 2012
Twelve year old Rebel McKenzie calls herself a paleontologist. If she had her way, she would be spending the summer at the Ice Age Kids' Dig and Safari camp, but instead she is living in Frog Level in a trailer park and babysitting for her nephew Rudy.
Rebel's older sister needs some help, and Rebel is graciously "volunteered" for the job. The only reason she agrees is because she hopes to earn enough money to attend the second summer session of the Ice Age Kids' Dig and Safari. Unfortunately, she learns that her babysitting gig will be unpaid. She'll be helping out her sister who is starting beauty school in hopes of getting a better job, but the last thing Rebel wants to do is stay in an unair-conditioned mobile home watching over a finicky eater who likes to have lunch with God.
It turns out that Rebel's summer is filled with interesting adventures. There's Doublewide, a huge cat trained to tinkle in the toilet, a vicious little neighbor girl who lives with her doting father, ukulele- playing Bambi whose mother enters her in every kiddie beauty pageant she can find, and a friendly old neighbor who was once a famous hand model. Rebel learns a little something from all of them and discovers the true importance of beauty at the same time.
Author Candice Ransom's new middle grade novel is sure to capture the hearts of her readers. Her quirky characters and quaint hometown adventures combine to make an entertaining story with an uplifting message.