Friday, August 24, 2012


Please give a big welcome to my dear friend and awesome author C. Lee McKenzie on her virtual book tour for her first MG/Tween novel, Alligators Overhead.
A native Californian, C. Lee McKenzie lives on the edge of a redwood forest with her husband and assorted cats. When she's not writing or blogging she's hiking or practicing yoga. She usually writes young adult fiction that deals with contemporary, realistic issues. In Sliding on the Edge (2009) she dealt with cutting, and in The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010) she wrote about a family that loses almost everything and has to rebuild their lives together. Alligators Overhead is her first Middle Grade novel. Lee blogs at]

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About the Book:

Alligators Overhead


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only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft.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

My Review:

By C. Lee McKenzie

What happens when you mix witches and warlocks, a mansion and alligators, mental telepathy and two twelve-year-old boys on a mission? You end up with an adventure, a mystery, a cast of unique characters, and a whole new attitude about alligators, that’s what.

ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, Author C. Lee McKenzie’s novel for mg/tween readers, takes the reader on a fast paced, never dull journey with Peter Riley and his friend Weasel in their attempts to save the Ornofree Swamp from being destroyed. On the way to achieve their goal, the boys explore a mansion that vanished years ago, but suddenly appears on the vacant lot by Pete’s Aunt Lizzie’s house. (He came to live with his aunt after his parents died.) They meet witches also on a mission to save the swampland, hunters determined to capture the alligators, and have to right a witch’s spell that goes terribly wrong. As Pete and Weasel struggle to solve each problem, confidence in their abilities grows and each boy discovers strengths in himself to carry on, in spite of the danger they face.

The characters in ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD are well developed each with his/her own distinct personality. Aunt Lizzie’s way of doubling up words ¾ “eerie-bad” for example ¾ Weasel’s intelligence and caution, and Pete’s discovery of who he really is bring the characters to life, like real people, although with powers that no mortal has. Oh, and if you’re like I was at first, and alligators are not your favorite critter, I think after you read C. Lee McKenzie’s story, you’ll have a different opinion about the scaly creatures. Now, I like alligators, especially Fanon. I’ll still keep my distance from them, however. This novel would make a great addition for school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library.

ARC EBook courtesy of the author






TWITTER : @cleemckenzie





B & N



This is one book you really want to read, no matter your age. And it's just right for the boys in the family.

Thank you, C. Lee for visiting today. Congratulations on your book.

Happy Reading, All.


  1. I'm getting this for my daughter. She's recently become obsessed with alligators. I don't know why, but I told her I know the perfect book for her. :)

  2. I'm loving this, Beverly--your liking alligators. Hope only the ones in the book, right?

    Thanks so much for hosting me today. It's great to visit here, so I'm honored to see my book on your site.

    @Kelly thanks for your visit and comment. There must be something in the air about alligators for people to be so interested in them!

  3. Yeah, Kelly, I think your daughter will love the book. I was skeptical about alligators at first. But Lee makes them such sympathetic, neat characters how could I not like them.

  4. Yes, Lee, the storybook ones. :) If I came in contact with a live one I'd probably run screaming, or faint.

    It's my pleasure to host you. Wishing you a super tour.

  5. I adore Pete. What a great character!

  6. Me, too, Darby. All boy with a touch of magic.

  7. What a great review, Beverly! Makes me want to read the book even more than I already did. Wishing Lee the very best! :-)

  8. Thanks, Lexa. I think you'll enjoy the book. Happy reading.

  9. What a great post! I really enjoyed your review. We just reviewed Alligators Overhead on our blog and we think it is a book everyone will enjoy, too. Awesome trailer! :)

  10. Hi, Jess. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the review. I'm headed over to read yours in a few minutes. Have a nice week.