Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mac on the Road to Marseille by Christopher Ward


Mademoiselle Mac is back in Paris.  This time for Rudee's wedding.  Everything Rudee and his friends do has a wild party involved and so does this wedding.  If it isn't bad enough watching Rudee play the piano, her Dad joins him and they play together.  And her mother dances like a tree.  Talk about embarrassing...

Dundurn Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in a couple of days, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.  This is the second book in this series but the first one I have read.

Since Rudee is going on a cruise, Mac is asked to be the navigator in one car during the New Year's taxi road rally.  She agrees although she's not sure how good she'll be at it.  Her mother seems to think it will be a lovely opportunity to see countryside and have picnics.  It's actually a drive-like-the-devil race with the main opposition cheating.

If the race weren't dangerous enough, there's this really cute boy on the other team and he seems to like Mac.  That's not allowed because they are opposing teams, but they sneak moments together.  And one of those moments helps them discover who the art thief is.  That's even more dangerous than the taxi races!

This rough and tumble race will make you laugh.  They slide off in the mud, get flat tires, and more.  There's even an appearance of St. Christopher.  It's busy, fun and written for middle school readers.  If you get the first book, you'll find out how Mac met Rudee.  And you'll have fun trying to figure out just what Rudee is saying, too.

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