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C. Lee McKenzie's background is linguistics with a specialty in intercultural communication and managing the global classroom. She's now a novelist who writes young adult and middle grade books.
ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, her first middle grade novel, received a great Kirkus review. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/c-lee-mckenzie/alligators-overhead/. This book now has a sequel called The Great Time Lock Disaster.
Kirkus Review Excerpt: "McKenzie pens a swampy middle-grade story full of humor, hauntings, quirky characters and a mystery that continues to develop to the very end."
"A short, fun story that will excite both young and old imaginations."
Her Young Adult books include Sliding on the Edge (2009) and The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010). (Both were originally published by WestSide Book publications.) Double Negative and Sudden Secrets are her most recent young adult books, and they were published by Evernight Teen. The eBook anthology called Beware The White Rabbit (2015) published with her story called They Call Me Alice. Two & Twenty Dark Tales (2012) includes her short story, Into The Sea of Dew. The First Time (2011) includes Premeditated Cat.
Intercultural communication in the classroom and on the job. Editing and writing.
Julie Catherine Vigna
on Oct. 01, 2012 :
C. Lee McKenzie’s mid-grade book, Alligators Overhead is a delightful, fast-paced adventure story of Pete, a 12-year old kid with a good heart but who gets into trouble without even trying (and he delights in the getting into trouble part, even if not so much the consequences of his pranks) and his grumpy but brainy sidekick, Weasel. The book has a spooky old house, witches, magick and, of course, alligators, which should please young readers age 8-14.
I really liked the storyline of this well-written book. It was also refreshing to see a professionally laid out ebook without spelling, punctuation or grammar errors to detract from the story; very well edited and nice presentation, with a cover that will be sure to entice a mid-grade reader to pick up the book. I really enjoyed this, and look forward to reading other books by this author. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD is available at:
Barnes & Noble
(reviewed long after purchase)
jamie z adolygydd
on Sep. 16, 2012 :
Want a wild, swampy adventure? One that involves alligators and witches, one town troublemaker and his brainiac companion? How about a mysterious mansion that pops up after being gone for a hundred years? If escape into a fantastic world where all of those oddities exist and where all things are possible, then Alligators Overhead is the read for you.
I enjoyed the quirky town characters and the fast-paced adventure that pitted the alligators against the bulldozer and sent the main character scrambling to save everybody, including himself.
This is a great read for kids who like some spooky fun.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 22, 2012 :
Pete's one unhappy and bored kid. He earns a reputation for being a trouble maker, so it's no wonder Principal Pitt blames him for all the bad things that happen at school, and Sheriff Elmer keeps his eye on him around town. His aunt encourages him to change before it's too late and before he does something he will really regret. But then his aunt knows something he doesn't; he might have inherited the family tendency toward witchcraft. Then suddenly, it's not his usual pranks getting him into trouble, but something completely out of his control. Ever since he turned twelve a few months ago, all he has to do is imagine something, and it happens, and he has no idea how to make
these strange things stop. Even his one friend, Weasel, doesn't believe Pete's innocent.
Then what Pete believed was only a legend comes true. A mysterious mansion reappears and someone reappears with it. Now Pete's in more trouble than he could ever cook up on his own.
Alligators Overhead is a kid-friendly book that I downloaded for my 13 year old niece. I decided to read it first and found it had some surprising twists as well as great "folksy" characters to enjoy. It's a romp in the swamp and a wonderful summer read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)