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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432784730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432784737
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,743,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a native Californian, and after living a lot of different places in the world, landed back in my native state on the edge of a redwood forest. When I'm not writing or blogging I'm hiking or practicing yoga. Then there's that half acre of garden that needs a lot of love.

Sudden Secrets(Evernight Teen 2014) is my fourth young adult novel. I wrote my first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, after reading a news article about "self-abuse" among ivy league students. My second novel, The Princess of Las Pulgas, deals with a young girl and her family. They have everything and suddenly nothing. Double Negative (Evernight Teen 2014) is a book that turned me into an advocate for literacy.

Alligators Overhead was my first try at a middle grade novel. It's about magick and some uniquely talented alligators. It has garnered praise from readers, and Kirkus Reviews gave it the thumbs up for adventure and an entertaining read. Here's what they said:

"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."

This review and some reader encouragement sent me back to the computer, so I now have The Great Time Lock Disaster, Sequel to Alligators Overhead available.

If you like my books I'd love it if you'd tell me so. If you have some helpful criticism, I'd love that, too! I'm a writer and a reader, but first I'm a learner. Contact me: http://cleemckenziebooks.com

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edwin on July 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Pete's one unhappy kid and bored. 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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Arvanitis on August 30, 2012
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You will fall in love with Pete, the town bad boy, (we all know and love someone like him.) and his friend Weasel. The alligators? Well, their part in this scary tale, will be understood when you read this book. And read it you should .. no matter your age. Swamps, witches, the old mansion, magic, the town sheriff, and troubles galore for Pete.
A modern day Huckaberry Fin. This should become a classic read for all ages. As a teacher and mid grade writer, I recommend this book and will welcome more books from Author, C Lee McKenzie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stef Peterson on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie is a mysterious adventure that will keep you guessing. Pete may like to get into trouble, but he is a typical 12 year-old with a best friend who tries to keep him doing the right thing. Poor Weasel! He gets a little frustrated trying to keep them both from getting into serious trouble. I think kids between the ages of 8 and 14 will love this book if they like old houses, witches, animals, and nature. Pete is a good main character because his desire to do the wrong thing often leads him into a situation that is entertaining for the reader. I think Pete has a good heart, but his life hasn't been easy so far. Now that he has learned a bit more about his past and his present he will be growing up a little faster, whether he wants to or not. I liked that the book had fantasy and mystery mixed together because it kept the possibility open that anything could happen. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading others by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SGFwriter on August 13, 2012
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Alligators Overhead is a book for middle graders, but I am adult (probably twice over). I won a copy of the book and started reading it soon after.
It sucked me right in and I was that age again, right there with Pete and Weasel.They are so true to life. It had me on the edge of my seat most of the way through, especially toward the end. It is a great book to read with your middle graders, or even older.
A fantastic adventure tucked between the pages of this book and I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly's Reviews on August 25, 2012
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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jdoc on August 23, 2012
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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.
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