Pete’s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.
There’s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.
But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again…
Poor Pete. This trouble is kind of left over from the last book, The Great Timelock Disaster, so technically, he hasn’t created a NEW disaster. Still, he has to go back in time and fix the problem. A young Page never returned to his own time during the timelock disaster, so Pete has to take his place until someone locates this lost boy and puts him where and when he belongs. Naturally, Weasel must go with him—not his choice—and Fanon plays a part in this story, too.
I don’t know. Right now, I’m pooped, so writing another story about my adorable rascal and his one rather neglected, bookish friend, doesn’t sound appealing. However, given a rest and one spark of an idea, who knows what might result. After all, I only set out to write one book and look what happened.
3. What was the inspiration for these books?
I needed a vacation from young adult angst. I love writing about teens, their parents, their grandparents, their friends and their pets; however, I really needed a break after finishing two more YA’s and sending them to my agent. I love fantasy and adventure stories written for younger readers, so I decided to try one of my own. I wrote Sign of the Green Dragon first, then Alligators Overhead. I’m not sure they were published in that order, but that’s the order I wrote them in. I think I answered your question.
Of course, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this interview, and if you do read any of my “creative endeavors” I’d really appreciate hearing from you at my blog or via a review. Reviews make a difference, and writers really need to hear from their readers.
Thanks so much, Juneta for letting me be here today. Your blog’s amazing.
BIO: I’m C. Lee McKenzie, a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places. I returned to my home state where I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains with my family. I write most of the time, garden, hike, and practice yoga. I travel a lot because that’s how I learn new stuff, and it’s my way to jump-start stories.
In my young adult writing, I take on modern issues that today’s teens face. My first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge (2009) deals with cutting and suicide. My second, The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010), is a story about a family that loses everything and has to rebuild their lives. Double Negative (2014) focuses on literacy, and Sudden Secrets (2014) tackles bigotry and intolerance.
When I want to have fun, I write middle-grade books. Alligators Overhead is my first published book for readers age 8-12. Book 2, The Great Timelock Disaster, followed, and now I have Book 3 Some Very Messy Medieval Magic. Writing the adventures of Pete and Weasel has entertained me no end. I enjoyed them so much that I came up with Sign of the Green Dragon—another adventure fantasy.
Here’s where to see more of what I do and get a GIFT: http://cleemckenziebooks.com OR Author’s Central really has everything I’ve ever published. Stop by and say hello or tweet me up. My Twitter handle is @cleemckenzie. If you’re a Facebookie or an Instagramer I’m there, too as @cleemckenzie.
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Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is available at these locations.
Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477
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