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only get worse when Pete’s guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft.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 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.
About the author
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 [http://writegame.blogspot.com] and her website is [http://cleemckenziebooks.com]
And now I hand the reins over to Lee. :)
Just a week ago you talked about your scariest monster when you were little--you mentioned a humongous, rabid Cerberus kind of dog that had scared you the most. That would scare anybody!
As for myself, besides the Boogie Man that I was sure peered into my window after I climbed into bed, alligators were right up there with creatures that gave me nightmares. So why would I ever even think of making alligators a part of my book? I’m asked that question a lot. I have answers like this: “Cats and dogs and horses have tons of stories; alligators don’t have many.” Or, how about: “This idea came to me after I spent a lot of time staring up at my knotty pine ceiling, and all the brown streaks and knots looked exactly like alligators overhead.”
Stories are everywhere, even in ceilings! And writers can find stories in anything that scares people. So alligators and snakes and big dogs with three heads are perfect for inspiration.
Thanks, Cece for having me here. Hope Alligators Overhead entertains. That’s really what I wanted it to do . . . with just a touch of the scare factor to make it fun, too.
B & N
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