“. . . impossible to put down. Lin Kaymer’s debut creates a beautiful world that mixes Greek mythology and the power of a true friend. You’ll be itching to know . . . who is Mackie Spence?”


“Kaymer displays a wonderful talent for developing relationships with realism and ease…. [She] captures what it’s like to be a smart, emotionally stable, excitable teenager without resorting to tropes or archetypes.”

Kirkus Reviews


“I’ve enjoyed fantasy novels for most of my life – especially those that involve animals. I am thoroughly enchanted with this book. Lin Kaymer has captured the innocence and intensity of youth and delivered a powerful tale of nature, mythology and magic. As a wildlife rehabilitator, I am also impressed by her understanding of the work and the people involved in wildlife rehab. This book is a keeper!”

Elena Fox
Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist
State of Washington


“Who Is Mackie Spence? offers teen readers a variety of worlds to enjoy: the always present rivalry and crushing between teens, a good view into animal rescue with exquisite details, and what communication is possible between humans and animals. Mackie Spence seems to have something that Jeremy and readers notice right away. The mystery and the relationship between Jeremy and Mackie carries the story along beautifully. By the end, we have had the pleasure of a teen novel that did not require a zombie to hold our interest.

Don’t let the cover fool you – girls won’t mind; take it off and feel confident in giving it to a male teen – they will both enjoy it immensely.”

Barbara Clarke