Special excerpt for MG novel Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie

I have a special excerpt for the middle grade book, Sign of the Green Dragon, by C. Lee McKenzie.
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A little bit about Sign of the Green Dragon:
When a wall
of their cave hideout crumbles, three boys discover a skeleton, clutching a
treasure map. They set off to trace the story of an old murder, but stumble
into a modern crime, and confront ancient Chinese dragons.
Excerpt from Sign of the Green Dragon:
They hunched under the table, their chins on their knees.
Sam turned his legs from one painful angle to another.
“I can’t feel my legs,” Roger said. “And my neck is broke
for sure.”
Joey lifted the tablecloth and peeked out. “It’s dark. I’m
for getting out of here. Nobody’s looking for us anymore.”
“Okay. Let’s go.” Sam crawled out and stretched. “We can
make it back to the museum now.”
Joey, who was on his way to the door, skidded to a stop.
“What did you say?”
“This is our chance to find out about Langtree and Li Wei.
By morning, Sadie’s going to be on guard again, and the sheriff’s going to spot
us for sure. It’s now or never.”
Roger paced down the aisle of the church, shaking his legs
and rolling his head. “What’s the plan?” he asked, coming back to them.
“Oh, nothing,” Joey said. “We’re just going to break into
the museum now. Sam hasn’t actually got us arrested yet, but he’s still
“Me? I didn’t sock Roger. Besides if we don’t find the
treasure now what do you think your mom and dad are going to do when the sheriff
drives you home in his car?”
“Okay. Fine. Sure. Whatever.” Joey waved his arms overhead,
Sam pushed open the door, looked both directions, and then
stepped onto the street. Even though the town was deserted, he got that creepy
feeling of being watched again.
A little bit about the
C. Lee
McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. Her
greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her
third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time
Lock Disaster
were her first two. She has traditionally published four young
adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative,
and Sudden Secrets.
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20 thoughts on “Special excerpt for MG novel Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie

  1. cleemckenzie says:

    I'm so excited to be here today, Lisa. Thanks so much for hosting me! And thanks for stopping in everyone.

    Peggy, the most challenging part of writing is getting started. It takes me forever to sit down and type. Days like these, when the story's done and about to go out for readers is my most rewarding part.

    Are any of you born in the year of the Dragon? 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000. It's quite a powerful sign!

  2. cleemckenzie says:

    There are so many that I find inspiring, Becky. But among the writers who write for younger readers, I love Laurence Yep. I went to his stories for authentic details about the Chinese miners in the California Gold Rush era.

  3. Alexa @ Summer Snowflakes says:

    Oooh, awesome excerpt! These boys sound like fun, especially Joey. Little Sass-Master.


  4. A. B. says:

    I know, I know– adults write books about children/teens all the time. But here, wow! I'm really impressed by the author's ability to transport the reader [me!] to the world of these characters. The language? Nailed it. Storyline? descriptives? Nailed 'em. I'm truly just ~floored~ by this kind of talent.
    — Sass-Master Ann 😉

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