Friday, September 23, 2022

Mackenzie's Last Run by Gayle Rosengren - Book Blitz + Giveaway

MacKenzie's Last Run

by Gayle Rosengren


GENRE: Middle Grade fiction



Thirteen-year-old MacKenzie (Mac) Lawrence secretly blames himself for his father’s death. In his grief and guilt, he has pulled away from everyone, even his twin sister Tessa.  When their mother announces her plans to remarry barely 18 months after Dad’s death, Mac is furious and runs away in an attempt to force her to break off the engagement.  

Unfortunately, nothing goes as Mac plans. He ends up seriously injured, miles from home, unable to reach out for help, while clues he inadvertently left behind suggest he’s been kidnapped—possibly by Mom’s fiancĂ©—and set his twin sister Tessa on a desperate search to find him.  But she’d better hurry, because the clock is ticking, and Mac is running out of time.



Tessa stiffened. Her heart fluttered. She’d thought of someplace where Mac might be hiding! It would be the perfect spot! Sheltered and totally private at this time of year. She was right. She knew she was right. He was there, just a few miles away. Close enough for him to run to, so he wouldn’t have needed his bike. 

She leaped out of bed and ran down the hall to tell Mom. Her mother’s bedroom light was on, and she was dressed and sitting in her reading chair, but her head was slumped to one side. She was sleeping. Tessa hesitated. Mom would be so disappointed if her hunch turned out to be wrong… Maybe it was better not to get her hopes up. If Tessa was right, she would wake her up later with Mac standing beside her. And if Tessa was wrong, Mom would never have to know. 

Tessa turned off the light and backed out of her mother’s room. She’d go by herself. She’d take her bike and be there and back in half an hour. Maybe less. She just had to put her jeans and sweatshirt back on, and her socks and shoes, all of which took forever because her hands were all of a sudden shaking like mad. 

It’s no big deal, she told herself as she tiptoed down to the garage for her bike. But who was she kidding? It was a very big deal. She was going out alone in the middle of the night. Out in the country where anything, anyone, could be hiding in the darkness.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

As a girl, books were among Gayle’s best friends and inspired her dream of writing for children someday. It was a dream that only grew stronger over the years. Gayle majored in Creative Writing in college. Her first book, What the Moon Said (Putnam 2014) was a Jr. Library Guild selection and CCBC title, and her second, Cold War on Maplewood Street (Putnam 2015) won the Tofte-Wright Award for Children’s Literature. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a pre-school teacher, a youth services assistant in her local public library; and a research assistant in the American Girl library. Gayle is a lover of stories whether she’s writing them or reading them.

Visit her website to learn more about Gayle and her books. 



Gayle Rosengren will be awarding a $100 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner

via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. I love the cover and think the book look good.

  2. Happy Friday! I hope that you have enjoyed your book tour as much as I have enjoyed reading about you and your work throughout this tour. MacKenzie's Last Run sounds like an excellent story and I am looking forward to reading it with my teen-aged grandchildren. Have a great Weekend!


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