Kerbel describes her debut YA (aimed for teens ages 12 +) as “part modern-day Romeo and Juliet, part archaeological thriller”.
The story, set in Jerusalem, touches lightly on some of the intricacies of the Arab-Israeli conflict (such as security threats, rights to land, and the cultural and religious divide) from the point of view of a fifteen-year old Canadian girl.
Still recovering from the loss of her mother, fifteen-year old Mackenzie Hill feels like she’s drowning in a sea of pain and loneliness. To make matters worse, her eccentric father is forcing her to leave behind the only home she’s ever known and move with him to Israel.
Coming of age in the ancient city of Jerusalem, Mackenzie forges a friendship with an American girl who’s also suffered a tragic loss. At the same time, she becomes caught up in a forbidden romance with a Palestinian boy and an unwitting involvement in a ring of black-market bandits. Mackenzie has to find a way to solve the mystery of the stolen artefacts without betraying her first love. And along the way, come to terms with the grief that has been slowly eating away at her heart.
If you’d like to find out more information on Mackenzie, Lost and Found please visit the author’s website: www.deborahkerbel.com
Alternatively, you can visit the publisher’s website here: http://www.dundurn.com/books/mackenzie-lost-and-found/detailed-product-flyer.html