Thursday, 9 August 2012

Alligators Overhead by the Amazing C. Lee McKenzie

Thanks for letting me talk about my book on your blog, Kurt. I appreciate this opportunity a lot.

Here’s what the book is about.

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only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft.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

C. Lee is writer who captures the pulse of adolescent confusion in her Young Adult fiction, Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas. She admits to revealing a lot of her Old Adult confusion while doing that. Alligators Overhead is her first Middle Grade novel. She lives in California with her husband and assorted animals at the edge of a redwood forest. Lee blogs at The Write Game and she’d love a visit at her website.

So why alligators? I’m asked that question a lot. My answer is, “Why not?” After all, cats have been done. Dogs have been done. Horse stories are everywhere. There are only a few stories with alligators out there. I know they’re not cuddly and cute critters, but they are fascinating when you know a bit about them.

Alligators were common in the Cenozoic era and looked a lot like they do today. In 65 million years they haven't changed their fashion statement much at all. Now that’s being self-assured, don’t you think?

In the 1980's American alligators were limited to the Everglades National Park in Florida. They were in danger of extinction because of human beings. Once they were protected, they made a major come back. They’re kind of like Rocky Balboa, the come back king.

Alligators are less aggressive than their cousins, the Crocodiles, and their snout is shorter and broader than the Crocs'. You can tell the difference if you get close enough. I suggest that it isn't really important to tell the difference.

They lay 20 to 50 eggs in vegetation along marshy banks, and when the hatchlings start yelling, "Let me out!" Mom opens the nest for them to leave the nest.

If the nest is kept hot, only little boy alligators are born--if cool, only girls pop out. As always, girls are way cool.

I know more about alligators than I need to, but it’s great to learn new things and that’s another reason my book is about alligators. I got curious about these scaly reptiles, then I wanted a story to put them in. Hope you found these alligator facts interesting and that you’ll enjoy my book.




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Bio: C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Alligators Overhead is her first middle grade novel.


  1. Thanks Kurt. This is so much fun to be here! Appreciate your support of Alligators Overhead.

    1. Anything for you, Lee :) You're an amazing author and I wish you all the success in the world!

  2. Ooh, your book sounds fascinating! I want to read it now, and possibly review it on my blog. I love learning about different animals. Alligators! Yeah, different than horses and puppies. :D