Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alligators Overhead



As many of you know, I’ve been laying low the last month or so. However, I am happy to pop back to help celebrate the release of C. Lee McKenzie’s novel, Alligators Overhead. I just started reading this middle grade novel and I can tell you that I’m already pulled in by the mystery of the spooky mansion that appears. What does this mean? How will Pete and his pal figure out what’s going on?


 













Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren't your average neighbors unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town's bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be twelve, but he's up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time he isn't the cause. This time the trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Things only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Now Pete must find the witches and stop the war. He might stand a chance if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even then, they may not have what it takes.


C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family and miscellaneous pets. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. 

She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Her short stories appear in Stories for Children, The First Time and the soon to be published, Two and Twenty Dark Tales. She just published her first Middle Grade novel, Alligators Overhead, this year.



TWITTER : @cleemckenzie
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0042M1KYW 
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There’s nothing like a good novel to fall into on a summer day. Have you read Alligators Overhead yet? 
I’m off to go read some more.

Happy reading and writing!



43 comments:

  1. Haven't read it yet. Boy my TBR list is getting ever longer!

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  2. Yay for wonderful C Lee and her alligators with witches adventures!!! Take care
    x

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  3. I just won C. Lee's book from Julie Musil's blog. I am so looking forward to reading it. Sounds great!

    Congrats again, C. Lee! Looks like a winner!

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  4. Congrats to C. Lee! Sounds very intriguing. Wishing her big sales!

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  5. Thanks to all of you who've stopped by today to say hello. I really appreciate your good wishes on this venture.

    Thanks to Cynthia again, too. It was really sweet of her to post this. Here's to her being up and back to her usual spunky self.

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  6. I really like the sound of this book. I need to download it to my Kindle so my 7-yr-old and I can read it. Thanks for the rec!

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  7. I forgot to say: Hi, Cynthia! I hope you're doing better. :)

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    1. Thanks, Emily!
      And thanks everyone for your comments!

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  8. I loved this book! A great mix of adventure, magic and humour! :)

    Hope you're back to yourself soon!

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  9. Would love your son's take on AO, Emily. And thanks again, Jemi. You've been so helpful during this birthing!

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  10. I'm definitely looking forward to reading this!

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    1. I think you'll like it, Bish! Lots of great mystery.

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  11. I didn't realize C. Lee's first book was about cutting. I'll have to read it sometime. :)

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  12. I love the vibrant yet sinister cover. Congrats to Lee! This sounds like a good one for my daughter and I to read!

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  13. Nice to see you back for the brief pop-in. Hope all is well.

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  14. Sounds good. I may have to get this for my kids. Or maybe even myself. :)

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  15. I came over here the other day, got sidetracked, and forgot to come back. Hope you're doing better, Cynthia.

    And much luck to Lee on her new book!

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  16. This book is on my TBR list. I'm looking forward to reading it. It sounds like a lot of fun.

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  17. So glad I came back to leave another comment. Great to see some "old" friends here. Thanks for the good wishes and adding Alligators to your TBR lists. Have a great weekend all.

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  18. I absolutely love the book trailer! I must learnt to do that...

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  19. Yikes! I didn't know you were back in Blogosphere, Cynthia. Love the sounds of the author, her book, and the trailer. ~ Thanks.

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  20. It sounds great! Hooray for C.Lee!

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  21. I have a copy but haven't read it yet.

    It's great seeing Lee again. She's been all over the place.

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  22. It's very exciting to see Lee's book out in the world. I hope everyone enjoys it! Congratulations to Lee!

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  23. I'm reading "Alligators" aloud to my 5th grade class. They actually squeaked, "no" when I had to stop reading Friday at the dismissal bell.

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  24. Congratulations Lee! The book sounds awesome!

    Nice to see you back.

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  25. Lee is all over the place lately! Good for her =) Nice to see you posting again, Cynthia. Hope all is well.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by and all the wonderful comments, everyone!

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  27. That's such a fun looking book. And the trailer rocks.

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  28. Great review. It does look great xx

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  29. I'm glad to see you're up to blogging!

    Sounds like a great read. Now I'm off to watch the trailer.

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  30. Thanks, everyone! I hope you enjoy Lee's novel and trailer! : )


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  31. A spooky mansion? That sounds like my kind of book!

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  32. Ventured back to see how things were going and found ALL of these super comments. Thanks so much for checking in to say hi to Cynthia and taking the time to leave a note.

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  33. I need to get Alligators Overhead in my next book purchase. It sounds wonderful. Great review!

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  34. I have this one on my list. I love the book trailer and it sounds like an awesome little story. :)

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  35. Hi Cynthia!

    Just popping by to say hello. :)

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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