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West Coast girl Sydney Mackenzie moves to Delaware after her parents inherit a cemetery—and becomes involved in a mystery surrounding the Underground Railroad—in this M!X novel from the author of Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, and Lost in Ireland.Sydney Mackenzie is an aspiring filmmaker and average California Girl. So when her parents drop the biggest bombshWest Coast girl Sydney Mackenzie moves to Delaware after her parents inherit a cemetery—and becomes involved in a mystery surrounding the Underground Railroad—in this M!X novel from the author of Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, and Lost in Ireland.Sydney Mackenzie is an aspiring filmmaker and average California Girl. So when her parents drop the biggest bombshell ever—they have inherited a cemetery called Lay to Rest, which means a move to boring Delaware—Sydney is NOT happy. And to make matters worse? Their “new” house is actually right on the cemetery grounds—and it isn’t exactly California chic.But after settling in, Sydney discovers that the creepy old house might have more history than she once thought. And someone—or something—is encouraging her to delve deeper into a decades-old mystery that dates back to the Underground Railroad. Will Sydney’s filmmaking skills and the help of some new friends be enough for her get to the bottom of the mystery of her new home?...

Title : Sydney Mackenzie Knocks 'Em Dead
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ISBN : 9781481465694
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Sydney Mackenzie Knocks 'Em Dead Reviews

  • Ilena
    2019-02-24 05:55

    This (early) middle grade book was cute and fun to read, especially when I was craving a semi-spooky book now that we are going into summer. And I got so much more than expected when this story offered a bit of historical mystery, adventures, and a touch of romance.We first find Sydney living in "fabulous" California. Her parents' business is failing and really, Sydney is exhausted at feeling like she needs to keep up appearances with her friends. But then she finds out that her father inherited a house in Delaware. And not only is it not ordinary - it's a funeral home. Sydney is even more surprised when she arrives in the town of Buttermilk River Cove and discovers that the Victorian house is situated right on cemetery grounds.This makes for an exciting change because finally she thinks she'll move up the social ladder by impressing everyone of her Californian status. Little does she know, no one cares. And she begins to develop a friendship with some of her classmates who are more impressed she lives right next to the undead than anything else.I expected ghost tales, an actual haunting, perhaps, but what i didn't expect was the historical mystery that ensues. The author did a great job blending the elements of this story with the fact that Delaware is the first state of the Union. It's a state steeped in history and we get the uncovering of an Undercover Railroad, discussions of slaves and the Emancipation Proclamation, and more lighthearted details such as the recipes provided at the end of the book which made me crave hot cocoa made with buttermilk. The ending (or author's note) was also very beautiful and touched me.This is perfect for tween readers (and adults) out there who enjoy books with a pinch of spooky mystery, friendships, and history. This is especially a great book that demonstrates the importance of being yourself and that honesty really is the best policy.Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing an advanced copy through Netgalley!

  • Rosemary
    2019-03-07 06:57

    California almost-in crowder Sydney MacKenzie just got the worst news: her father sold his failing sporting goods retail business, and they're moving to Buttermilk River Cove, Delaware: population 800. Her dad's inherited the Lay to Rest cemetery, and they'll be living in a Victorian house on the cemetery grounds. As if! Desperate to be the cool girl, Sydney tries putting on her best California Girl airs, but the Delaware kids are remarkably unimpressed - but they are impressed by her new digs. Movie-obsessed Sydney starts out making up a creepy history of the house, but quickly discovers that her house has some real history of its own, and sets out, with the help of her new friends, to investigate.I just didn't love this one. I've liked Cindy Callaghan's "Lost in..." series, which is light and fun, but that vibe didn't translate as well for me here. Sydney comes off as a largely vapid social climber, even as the kids around her try to teach her that it's not about what's on the surface. An Underground Railroad subplot feels awkwardly attached to the book to give it more depth. It's a quick, easy read that tween girls will likely check out for the fun cover and title, but for me, this one's an additional purchase. I'd rather add another "Lost in..." set to my collection.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-02-25 01:37

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineSydney's family has to sell their failing sporting goods business in California but are lucky that they have inherited a cemetery in Delaware. Sydney doesn't want to move, but thinks that everyone will think she's cool because she is from California. She's concerned that they will think she's weird because of the cemetery, but she's got it backwards-- they don't care about California but think the cemetery is cool. Kids from school hang out with her, they try seances, and work on a mystery involving the house's past use on the Underground Railroad.Strengths: This author's Lost in... books are HUGELY popular. I like her easy writing style. Weaknesses: I hated Sydney. She was snotty and stuck up and had no patience for her family's situation. Her mother was the same way. Dad came around. Also, they seemed like rather insensitive people to run a cemetery. What I really think: May have to buy this for this author's fans, but it wasn't a personal favorite.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-16 03:57

    When Sydney Mackenzie’s dad inherits a cemetery, the family moves from southern California to Delaware. Sydney is shocked that the kids could care less about California, but think living in a cemetery is cool. In an effort to be the most popular girl in school, Sydney decides to show everyone just how scary it can be to live at Lay to Rest Cemetery. But what she doesn’t realize is her house really is haunted! I was not sure what to make of this book - it had a hard time deciding what it was about. Is it about making friends? Learning not to be a stuck up brat? Moving to a new place? Is it a ghost story? A lesson in Delaware history? A mystery? I like Callaghan's “Lost in” books, but this one was lost in plot ideas. I think I’ll stick with the Aladdin Mix series instead.Cross posted to http://kissthebook.blogspot.com CHECK IT OUT!

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2019-03-06 07:59

    Callaghan, Cindy Sydney MacKenzie Knocks ‘em Dead, 244 pgs. Aladdin, 2017. $17.99. Language: G (0 swears 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. I was not sure what to make of this book - it had a hard time deciding what it was about. Is it about making friends? Learning not to be a stuck up brat? Moving to a new place? Is it a ghost story? A lesson in Delaware history? A mystery? I like Callaghans “Lost in” books, but this one was lost in plot ideas. I think I’ll stick with the Aladdin Mix series instead. MS - OPTIONAL Lisa Librarianhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2017...

  • Stephanie Faris
    2019-02-24 07:38

    Sydney Mackenzie Knocks 'Em Dead is full of surprises. You start off with a fun story about a California girl who learns she has to move away from her great life...to live in a house overlooking a cemetery. Then she gets to her new home and things get spooky. I was sure we were headed for "ghost story" territory. But just when you're all into the seances and such, the book kicks into "Underground Railroad" territory. I love surprises and I really love Cindy's writing, so I can't recommend this one enough!

  • Pop Bop
    2019-03-22 08:52

    An Entertaining Friendship and Mystery StoryThis is a tricky book and shifts around a bit before it settles in to what it wants to be.At the outset we have Sydney being yanked from sunny California and dropped into an old Victorian house in the middle of a cemetery in the middle of Delaware. Sydney is not happy about this. The book opens with a lot of Valley Girl whinging and clothing brand name dropping, and I feared this would just be the same-old uppity-snot-gets-taught-a-lesson kind of book. MILD GENERAL PLOT SUMMARY SPOILERS. Wrong. Sydney actually meets a bunch of fine potential friends at her new school and begins to get acclimated. Further, she comes around on the whole cemetery thing. She thinks her new friends will be creeped out, but they all actually think the cemetery angle is cool, and she begins to think so as well. So, we bypass the whole possible whining, moping, lonely, being difficult chapter and go right to having fun with hauntings. By the halfway point it's all séances and mysteries, (and a touch of budding romance), as we explore the cemetery and the creepy house and get drawn into a mystery about someone named Ivy Shaw and the meaning behind her hidden locket. All of a sudden the kids are playing Hardy Boys, and instead of some half-hearted ghost story we have an actual historical mystery. Did not see that coming.The resolution is rather pat, but I guess the fun is in getting there. This struck me as early middle grade. The writing is clear and direct and unembellished. There aren't any big surprises regarding plot or characters or action, and nothing that would strike one as edgy or thought provoking. It's fun and light and mostly about friendship and settling in. That's not a bad thing. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • TJ Burns
    2019-03-05 08:37

    I received a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • smgK8
    2019-03-26 04:40

    *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion.*Well this book was just a fabulous, feel-good book. I literally loved it (and I must say I didn't think I would for some reason). What a great middle grade novel about realizing who you are and the importance of friendship. Great historical perspective and there were ghosts and friendships and growing. Overall, it was really well done. Like I said, I loved it. And I loved the recipes at the end. They look delicious. I will for sure be trying the cocoa and the oatmeal! Well done.

  • Andréa
    2019-03-14 03:56

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  • Yapha
    2019-03-18 04:38

    Sydney has been working hard at maintaining her image and status at her southern California middle school even as family finances get tighter and tighter. Then her parents drop the bombshell -- they are moving to a small town in Delaware where her father just inherited a cemetery. Worse, their house is actually part of the cemetery. Sydney is surprised that she can't play up the "California cool girl" persona at her new school. When she finds out the kids like creepy things, she works with that instead, telling the stories about her house being haunted (which may or may not be true). Things start to escalate when her new friends want to hold a seance. Can Sydney find a way to fit in without stretching the truth too much? A delightfully creepy twist on the issues of trying to fit in in middle school, with a smidge of romance and a pinch of history. Also includes some delicious sounding recipes! Recommended for grades 5 & up.eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss