Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Guys Read Pick: Mac Slater Hunts the Cool


Mac Slater Hunts the Cool
by Tristan Bancks
Simon & Schuster
2009
203 pages
originally published in 2008 by Random House, Austrailia

Cool, funny, wacky, and out of this world, Mac Slater Hunts the Cool is a great guy read for reluctant readers. Mac is a teen inventor and nerd-y geek. He and his friend Paul are trying to develop a bicycle that can fly. The opening chapter has Mac taking the fall--literally!

When he is approached by two stangers named Tony and Speed, website developers of "Coolhunters" from the Internet, he declines their invitation to go around Kings Bay (his hometown) with a video camera filming "hunting the cool," Paul is already mad at him, feeling that Mac is leaving him out, but when mean girl and fellow cool hunter Cat begins to tease Mac and bully him, he begs friend Paul to help him beat her.

They have one week to upset Cat and her minions of evil, popular followers. The Internet can be a funny thing--no telling if someone is following your vlog because it's really "cool" or whether they are following it to find out how weird you are. It doesn't matter to Mac and Paul--they enlist the help of Mac's hippie lightning farm inventer father and film lightning hitting metal rods during a storm. Their followers can't figure out if they are geeks or revolutionaries!

For every geek, nerd, underdog, and inventor wannabe, this book is for you! You will believe that bicycles can fly!

Highly recommended grades 6-up and reluctant readers!

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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