Hello again everyone, Paul here today. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and the holiday season finds you happy and healthy. Don’t forget to enter the Mid-Winter’s Eve Blog Hop giveaway for an ebook copy of Free Souls or Open Minds or Closed Hearts in the Mindjacker Novel Trilogy, or the Mindjack Origins collection of novellas. Many thanks to Kathy at I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Oasis for YA for hosting. Another quick note ~ This just in ~ Hugo’s Cat Circus by author Julia Dweck is FREE today (12/26). Julia has been a guest here in the past and her children’s books are wonderful. Pick up your copy today.
Today I get the great pleasure of kicking off the Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer. The best book I read in 2012 is definitely Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie. Click on any of the titles to go to Amazon to purchase the ebook, or click on the image to purchase the paperback.
You probably already know this, but I love middle grade books. A really good MG book is something a person of any age can sit down and read. The story and plot are written simple enough for young readers to understand, yet the character development and nuances are such that an adult reader will be entertained as well. Alligators Overhead fits that description perfectly. In case you missed my thoughts on it you can read my review here.
The book starts and ends with a great main character, Pete Riley. He is complex and the reader feels bad for him, but he is also human and certainly not perfect. It is a joy to follow Pete on his journey through this story. The plot is great as it is action filled and exciting. The great names and dialogue are my favorite parts. The weaving in of phrases like peculiar-odd and nervous-scared are not only entertaining but create a nice cadence for reading. I think this book would be an excellent book for read alouds at home, school, or at libraries.
Ms. McKenzie was kind enough to write a guest post for us when I reviewed her book, and if you haven’t read it I recommend you do. It is a wonderful piece about developing characters. You can read How Do You Find All These Messed Up People? here.
I couldn’t be happier to announce Alligators Overhead as the best book I read in 2012. I recently contacted Ms. McKenzie to tell her and felt the need to ask her if she had a sequel in the works. She responded, ” I haven’t started a sequel, but I have been thinking about it–interesting that you should ask because someone else just asked me that same question. ” Sounds like her fans are clamoring for more. Ms. McKenzie has been kind enough to provide three paperbacks to three lucky winners (US only), so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below, because I promise you won’t be disappointed!
More information about C. Lee McKenzie and her works can be found here.
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