Reviews for Mac Slater vs. the City

Booklist Reviews 2011 April #2
Mac and Paul from Mac Slater Hunts the Cool (2010) are back, sniffing out what's trendy in NYC. "Coolhunter" executives stage a contest for teen hunters from around the world: find something cool every day or risk being sent home. Mac and Paul are losing until they meet a mysterious member of a secret inventing club. Mac knows he must report their inventions to stay in the game, but he risks the wrath of the club if he does. Mac is still a daredevil, but he is working on thinking before acting. Not as strong as the first, though fans of Mac will enjoy following him to the Big Apple. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Australians Mac and Paul travel to NYC for their first international Coolhunt: a weeklong trend-spotting mission. After failing several times at finding the next big thing, they finally meet a covert group of teen inventors. Conflicted, Mac must choose between betraying a new friend and keeping his coolhunting career alive. This sequel to Mac Slater Hunts the Cool is humorous and well paced. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 February #1

Cool hunter Mac Slater is back, and this time the intrepid Aussie teen is tackling the mean streets of New York City (Mac Slater Hunts the Cool, 2010). After winning the cool-hunting contest on his home turf, Mac now has to come up with a week's worth of NYC awesomeness if he wants to keep his cool-spotting job. Hunters who don't make the cut will not be invited to the next gig in Shanghai. So Mac befriends local trendsetter Melody, who introduces him to a top-secret teen-invention community run by a former hip-hop mogul called The Hive. Mac is dying to use The Hive's goods (which include a nearly mythical perpetual motion machine) to make his cool-hunting rep, but that would mean betraying Melody's trust. Is Mac a true innovator or just another corporate sell-out? As formulaic as its predecessor, this breezy sequel is nevertheless entertaining and provides some fast food for thought about the connection between pop culture and consumerism, like similarly themed The Gospel According to Larry, by Janet Tashjian (2001). But read it fast, because the expiration date on this up-to-the-minute title may be past by the time it hits the library or bookstore shelves. (Fiction. 10-13)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

Gr 5-8--In this sequel to Mac Slater Hunts the Cool (S & S, 2010), the eighth grader, his father, and his friend Paul travel from small-town Kings Bay, Australia, to New York City for their second Coolhunter competition. Coolhunters are young adults who find the most cutting-edge things to try to make, get, or achieve by posting, streaming, or linking to them on the Coolhunter website. Unfortunately, when they arrive in Manhattan, the owners of the site, who have promised to fund anything and everything during their stay in the Big Apple, are nowhere to be found. Lost luggage, a taxi strike, a seedy hotel in Times Square, little funds, and being 10,000 miles from home are just a few things that get these three off to the wrong start. The owners do finally arrive, and the Coolhunter competition is on, with Mac and Paul pitted against four other competitors. The story takes twists and turns that are both surprising and rewarding. Mac will have kids rooting for him and screaming at him not to do stupid things, and they'll second-guess some of his decisions. An easy sell to many middle graders.--Patty Saidenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York City

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