Sliding On The Edge

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Shawna Stone is a girl who's destined to be a no one, until she winds up on a California horse ranch with a grandmother she's never known and meets Magic, a doomed horse that "understands" her isolation and her secret desire to destroy herself. More

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About C. Lee McKenzie

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.

Specialties
Intercultural communication in the classroom and on the job. Editing and writing.

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Review by: Erin Fanning on July 15, 2015 :
This wonderful, wonderful book caught me by surprise--a YA novel told by two points of view--one a 16-sixteen girl; the other a 64-year-old grandmother--with both narrators equally captivating, believable, and sympathetic. Expertly plotted and told, this novel gripped me until I had gobbled it up in less than 24 hours. Author C. Lee McKenzie tells a story about forgiveness, second chances, and facing one's fears that all ages can relate to. Highly recommended!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: L.X. Cain on May 09, 2015 :
Shawnna has a bad life. No. I mean really, really bad. Her mom is the poster girl for how not to be a mother. She’s selfish, unfeeling, and is teaching Shawnna to be a grifter like she is. In a twist of fate, her mother’s wanting to be alone with new boyfriend #65 leads her to palm off her daughter on her grandmother, a woman Shawnna’s never even met. This is Shawnna’s only chance to live a normal life – if she can just keep all the bad habits of the past from taking over and ruining everything.

Ms. McKenzie does a fabulous job with the teen character. A perfect voice and in-depth characterization join with a quirky background to form a brilliantly rendered picture of a girl hovering on the edge of sanity and self-destruction. Balancing this roller-coaster of a ride is the stable grandmother. Perhaps a bit staid, but the perfect foil for volatile Shawnna and the only one capable of teaching the girl about love and compassion. These characters will stick with me a long time. Highly recommended!
(review of free book)

Review by: Tiara Dominick on Feb. 01, 2013 :
Loved this story!!! I really enjoyed reading about Shawna & Kay... I would really like to know what happens between Casey & Shawna in the future...
(review of free book)

Review by: claus olsen on Jan. 24, 2013 :
Shawna with some huge problems is dumped at her unknown grandmother Kay's farm. Kay also has a lot problems from her past, and everything is graduately sliding down in a huge abyss, but the love of a horse change things. There is hope for the future.

A very well written novel!
(review of free book)

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