ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, a middle-grade book by author C. Lee McKenzie
Book Review by Julie Catherine Vigna
“It’s about a kid named Pete Riley who’s stuck in the backwater town of Hadleyville and hates it so much he calls it HARDLYville. Then one day a legendary mansion that vanished a hundred years ago reappears, and what was a boring, swampy place is transformed into something bizarre and dangerous. The rest of the story is all about Pete and his sidekick, Weasel, as they get into and out of trouble saving the swamp and stopping a war between a tribe of alligators and developers. There’s a bit of magick involved, but instead of that magick working to the boys’ benefit, it gets them into even more trouble.” ~ C. Lee McKenzie
C. Lee McKenzie’s mid-grade book, Alligators Overhead is a delightful, fast-paced adventure story of Pete, a 12-year old kid with a good heart but who gets into trouble without even trying (and he delights in the getting into trouble part, even if not so much the consequences of his pranks) and his grumpy but brainy sidekick, Weasel. The book has a spooky old house, witches, magick and, of course, alligators, which should please young readers age 8-14.
I really liked the storyline of this well-written book. It was also refreshing to see a professionally laid out ebook without spelling, punctuation or grammar errors to detract from the story; very well edited and nice presentation, with a cover that will be sure to entice a mid-grade reader to pick up the book. I really enjoyed this, and look forward to reading other books by this author. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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