Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review - Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie @cleemckenzie

Alligators Overhead
by C. Lee McKenzie

Goodreads blurb:  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only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft.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.

About the Author:  In her other life--the one before she began writing for teens and younger readers--C. Lee was a teacher and administrator at California State University, San Jose. Her field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communication has carried her to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and languages. She can say, “Where’s the toilet?” and “I’m lost!” in at least five languages and two dialects.

Her idea of a perfect day is one or all of the following: starting a new novel, finishing writing a blockbuster novel, hiking on a misty morning trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, saying Namaste after a great yoga practice, sipping a cappuccino topped at a bustling café, reading in front of a fire with snow outside, swimming in an ocean someplace.

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My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!
**Received the ebook free through Story Cartel for an honest review.

Both the cover and title will attract boys who like alligators which is all the rage on many TV show themes. 

I liked that story, but there were parts I thought were slow and remember my rating is my enjoyment level and I'm not the intended reading audience for this book.  I think a middle school boy interested in alligators would love this story, and I will probably re-read this story with my son if we have time.  The story’s main character is Pete who is a troubled orphan being cared for by his aunt.  There are lots of secrets that he is unaware of, but start unraveling when a mysterious mansion appears in the empty lot next to his house.  The story contains alligators of course, a swamp, mystery, magic, best friends, trouble making, floating donuts, and so much more.

I recommend this to alligator loving boys in middle school.

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