Friday, September 2, 2016

Sign of the Green Dragon - a bookwrap

Unwrapping some editorial reviews...

I read all of McKenzie's books, so I had to read Sign of the Green Dragon. It didn't disappoint me just as her Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster didn't. Sam Denny is a loveable adventurer, and with his two companions, take the reader on a wild treasure hunt. When they find a skeleton clutching a map that promises a treasure, they can't pass it up. But it doesn't turn out to be just a treasure hunt. They get tied up with art forgers, almost wind up sealed in a tomb, and face three powerful dragons. It's a fast-paced, non-stop adventure that kids--and some adults--will enjoy. --Goodreads

Another rollicking middle grade treasure of a tale from author, C. Lee McKenzie! If you have a boy (or girl) who loves a good mystery adventure, this is the book for them. The plot has more twists than a dragon s tail, and the characters are both funny and enduring, especially Sam. He never gives up going after his dream, but at the same time, he is a true friend to his buddies. And the way the dragons fit it? Well, I won't spoil it for you, but trust me very clever and satisfying. --Goodreads


Authored by C. Lee McKenzie

Middle-School audience

About the book...

Having taught middle school I am always interested in a great book for that age level and this book did not disappoint.   In fact, after I finished reading it I proposed it to my teacher friends suggesting that perhaps they could implement it into their school reading lists for the up-coming year. I am positive the students would just love it and I was very happy to recommend it.  

Sam is a smart, likeable boy who sadly is orphaned.  He is sent to live with his uncle Jasper who is not thrilled with the prospect of him living under his roof so he makes arrangements for Sam to attend boarding school.  Poor Sam,  he is just starting to fit into his new school and is getting his life back on track when he is devastated by the news that he is no longer wanted by his uncle.  To add insult to injury not only will he be homeless once again but he'll also be unable to play in the district school championship baseball game at Haggarty Elementary where he is dubbed as one of the key players.  Sam reports his news to his best friends and they cannot believe the injustice of what's taking place. 

With help from his friends Roger and Joey, a plan is concocted that may just keep Sam around until after that all-important game.  The boys decide to hold Sam up in a cave in the mountains and bring him food and essentials until game time.  Unfortunately things don't go according to plan....well their plan anyway.

An earthquake shatters their scheme and unearths a wooden chest with a red-eyed dragon carved on top. Cautiously the boys pry the chest open to discover a skeletal hand still grasping a map and a promissory note of valuable treasure. 

The boys set off on a mission to track that treasure and make it their own.  Along the way they face challenges and danger that keep the reader on edge and ever cheering these guys on to victory.  I loved the elements of suspense, mystery, history, adventure and fun that the author adeptly wove throughout the book.  It's a story of friendship, loyalty and love.  I highly recommend this book. 

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

About the author...

I love to write for young readers, and I write both young adult and middle grade fiction. I fall into the hybrid author category with four traditionally published young adult novels--Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets--and three self-published middle grade adventure/fantasies. Sign of the Green Dragon is my third Indie out August 3. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were my first two. It’s fun to know both sides of this writing business. Italia Gandolfo represents me, and I’m about to send her my latest young adult story. Fingers crossed.


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