Thanks for letting me talk about my book on your blog, Beth. 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only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft.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.
They’ve been around 65 million years! That’s a whopping long time, 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. I like critters with stamina. They remind me of writers.
Park rangers and other people that are far braver than I am go out at night into the swamp and count alligators.
I asked, “Why?” And in kind of a loud voice of disbelief.
“Because their eyes glow in reflected light, and we can see them better than during the day.”
“Oh, of course, why didn’t I think of that?”
(As a side note, I didn’t volunteer to count any alligators). Thanks for letting me talk about my book on your blog, Beth. I appreciate this opportunity a lot.
You can get a copy of Lee's book now here:
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