Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Year of publication: February 19, 2018
Number of pages: 151
Publisher: C. Lee McKenzie
Plot summary: (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 a kid, 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only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft.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 his aunt 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.
This is an unusual story with a very original storyline. The plot is filled with action all the way through and will have you cheering for the characters to succeed in their quest to save the swamp. It has plenty of twists and turns that make it an enjoyable read.
Maybe the author could have ramped up the emotions a little more. I really love to squeeze out the emotions in the characters in my books. That is the only thing I can think to say that's negative.
What makes this book unique:
Talking alligator clans conspiring with witches against developers. Is that unique enough for you?
This story started off from page one with action and kept me turning page after page all the way to the end. This is a great story for any middle grade fans that enjoy an exciting adventure. It was well written and filled with realistic characters.
Meet the author, C. Lee McKenzie
Besides reading and writing, I love to do two things: I love to hike. I love to practice Yoga. Well, three things if you count eating. I love to eat. That’s why I love to hike. Might as well make it four things, because I love to spend time with my family and friends. Wait! I love to grow my own salad. And cats—I love to grow them too, so now I’m up to six things I’m passionate about. I know there’s more, but I’m out of space and you don’t need to be bored.
My Favorite Books:
Anything with Hobbits.
Anything Stephen King writes, except I don’t like some of those stories at night when I’m alone or even if I’m not because I’m a real sissy in the dark.
Anything with a dragon in the title or on the cover.
Barbara Kingsolver’s books.
Edgy Joyce Carol Oates books.
E.B.White’s Essays, and stories that start, “Once upon a time . . . .”