Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren’t your average neighbors . . . not unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. Pete Riley may only be eleven, but he’s already up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time the town’s bad boy, Pete, didn’t cause it. This time the trouble arrived when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materialized next door with someone inside, someone who came to seek him out. Then the Ornofree alligators declare war to try to save their swamp from being bulldozed for a shopping mall, and Pete discovers he’s living among a coven of “sadly-out-of practice” witches. When one of their ancient “magick” spells goes wrong and all the witches vanish, including his guardian aunt, Pete’s left to face the perils of the Ornofree Swamp War alone. He soon discovers that he just might have inherited the family talent for witchcraft, and, although he doesn’t know one thing about the practice of spell casting, he’s the only one left in Hadleyville to do it. It’s up to him work some dangerous “magick,” restore his aunt and bring back all the other witches. He might stand a chance of succeeding if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even the two of them may not succeed.
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
on the Edge, after reading a news article about “self-abuse” among
ivy league students. It was so disturbing to think young people needed to
inflict pain on themselves to cope with their lives that she finally had to
write about it. It turned out to be a fictionalized account that she hopes
offers some insights into the growing problem.
deals with a young girl and her family. They have everything and suddenly
grade novel about magick and some uniquely talented alligators.