MacKenzie’s Last Run

13 year-old Mac, who secretly blames himself for his father’s death, runs away to stop his widowed mother from remarrying but ends up seriously injured, miles from home, while clues inadvertently left behind suggest he’s been kidnapped—possibly by Mom’s fiancé—and set his twin sister Tessa on a desperate search to find him.

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"In an emotional, gripping, and important story, Rosengren shares what we rarely see years after a mass shooting: the long-term impact on the family left behind. Heart-pounding, fast-paced, and unputdownable, this story provides an eye-opening view into rebuilding life from the ashes of guilt and grief in order to redefine family, love, and, most of all, hope for a future."

-Liza Weimer, author of The Assignment

"MacKenzie’s Last Run is a poignant story of loss, grief, healing, and hope that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. In a family torn apart by sadness, MacKenzie can’t shake the idea that he’s to blame for his dad’s death. Unable to move on, he’s angry with his mom’s decision to remarry. Rosengren’s skillful writing makes our heart ache for MacKenzie and, indeed, his whole family, which also includes his twin sister Tessa. Well-written scenes confront the fact that on the page and in real life the dynamics of grief are tricky to navigate as we all process sorrow in different ways and times. Exceptionally plotted, Mac’s decisions spiral out of control, delivering one page turning moment after another. This is another beautiful, must-read story from Rosengren and one that will resonate with readers struggling with losses of their own."

-Valerie Biel, author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series

"MacKenzie’s Last Run, a page-turner appropriate for ages ten and up, is expertly told in alternating points of view, shifting between thirteen-year-old Mac and his twin sister, Tessa. The twins lost their father during a mass shooting at a mall. Mac, especially, suffers emotionally since his father was at the mall because of a request he’d made. Mac’s grief adversely affects his relationship with his twin and his mother. When his mother announces her intention to remarry, Mac plans to run away and force her to break the engagement. He steals off in the middle of the night, but almost immediately sustains injuries that will become life-threatening.

MacKenzie’s Last Run is a survival story of the best kind; one that shows both emotional and physical struggles. Sadly, it’s also a timely novel. Author Gayle Rosengren has dedicated it to all those who have lost a loved one through gun violence.

Recommended for those who enjoy suspense. Would make a great classroom read.

-Amy Laundrie, author of Stranded on Castaway Island

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