Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently lives in Boston, where she works as a bookseller and almost never reanimates corpses. Almost.
[Lee] develops a world rich in historical detail, crafts a plot wild with unexpected turns, and explores complex topics like colonization and identity. An empowering and energetic adventure that celebrates friendship between women. -- <em>Kirkus Reviews </em><strong>(starred review)</strong> An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm. -- School Library Journal <strong>(starred review)</strong> This action-driven adventure is a joy. -- ALA <em>Booklist </em><strong>(starred review)</strong> A beautifully brilliant story about feminism, female friendship, privilege, sexism in the 17th century, and doing all you can to fulfill your passion and dreams. -- Buzzfeed A feminist feast that challenges societal norms and forgoes all romance, which is unconventional, albeit refreshing, in young adult literature. -- <em>BookPage</em> [A] strong feminist credo. -- The Horn Book The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is fun while still being thoughtful, feminist, and an ode to female friendship. -- Bustle PRAISE FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE: Tongue-in-cheek, wildly entertaining, and anachronistic in only the most delightful ways, this is a gleeful romp through history. Monty is a hero worthy of Oscar Wilde. -- <em>Booklist </em><strong>(starred review)</strong> The book's exquisite, bygone meter and vernacular sit comfortably on a contemporary shelf. And the friction of racism, tyrannical entitled politicians, and misguided disapproval of homosexuality also have a relevance rooted in current culture's xeno- and homophobia. Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon. -- <em>Kirkus Reviews </em><strong>(starred review)</strong> This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering one's place in the world. A stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection. -- School Library Journal <strong>(starred review)</strong>