C. Lee McKenzie: Sign of the Green Dragon



H ne Porter Rockwell: A Biography of my sons and he really enjoyed tagging alongn this adventure There are uite a few twists and turns that catch a reader Satire off guard It s later revealed that these boys are around 11 yearsld I have a daughter who is 11 and I can t imagine her and her friends embarking Deflower the Boss on something as crazy as this escapade at this age but it s very fun to pretend and imagine That sne this book is really good at sparking imagination and drawing the reader into the experience It s easy to put yourself in place f ne f the characters The book wraps up but there is an pen end leaving a small window in the plot for another story to come through in the future This is a fun fantasy adventure that most middle grade readers will enjoy Content some perilous situationsI received a copy from the author which did not influence my thoughts in any way All Being There opinions are mywn Sam is beyond disappointed when he finds هذه بلادنا: الجواء out that Uncle Jasper is shipping himff to boarding school He doesn t even get to stay and play in the championship baseball game When he tells teammates R Most children simply want a home a mother and father someone to love them They like to hang Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom out with their friends play sportsr ther activities they enjoy Life doesn t always turn ut the way a child r an adult for that matter wants it to In SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON by Author C Lee McKenzie Sam is ne Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of the children whose life isut f control For six months Sam has been an rphan and lived with his Uncle Jasper According to Uncle Jasper the arrangement hasn t worked ut and he s sending Sam to a private boarding school Not nly will Sam lose his home such as it is he ll also miss ut n playing in the district championship baseball game Their coach says they have a very good chance to winWith his world falling apart Sam runs away to the mountains where he can sleep in a cave and his fri Sam s bad year just got worse His uptight uncle plans to send him away to boarding school which means Sam will miss the play The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD offs for his baseball team With the helpf his friends Joey and Roger they plan to hide Sam in a cave until the game An earthuake hits while the boys are there and reveals a secret room with a treasure map If the kids can reveal the truth about an ld murder they ll find the treasure But the ancient Chinese dragons don t give up their secrets easily and the boys could miss than the big game if they aren t carefulA fantastic middle grade read with a lot f fun sleuthing and adventuring Sam and his friends are the typical 11 12 year ld boys Good kids but with a knack for finding trouble And who can resist an ld mystery that includes a secret treasure Joey and Roger just want to help. Ide him until the big game Their secret cave is a perfect place until an earthuake shatters a wall and reveals a wooden chest with a red eyed dragon carved into its top Inside a bony hand clutches a map with a note promising treasureWith Joey and Roger Sam sets ff to track down the clues and hopefully discover treasure When some puzzle pieces start to make sense the boys become lost.

I enjoyed this YA adventure particularly as it involved some aspects f Chinese American history and culture Dragons especially The tale follows a boy who just wants to be able to play in a school game but is being packed Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse off to a boarding school To avoid this his two pals suggest he hide in a local cave not the greatest idea until the game Heading up to the cave even though an earthuakeccurs is not smart either but luckily they see the problem and leave after grabbing an item from under a rocky gap This starts them Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations on a treasure hunt in which again they are not very responsible but at least they all stick together I don t know why nonef the lads wanted to tell their parents about the cave discovery That would be the natural thing to do I like the descriptive language the cave is a giant yawn in the hillside We get involved with art thefts and an element f fantasy The book will be good for under fifteens though parents might want to read it and chat about behaving responsibly I availed f a free download ffer This is an unbiased review This is a fun adventure story for middle graders with lots f Chinese culture and folk stories including The Stringbean Murders of course dragon lore Imagine if the Hardy Boys had three little brothers and you ll have the right ideaMcKenzie s tale dives a little deeper than most in the genre as it explores the despair and fearf the protagonist Sam who has lost his parents and whose أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع only living relative doesn t seem to want him What begins as a bid for freedom and to stay with his friends so he can play in a baseball championship turns into an exotic treasure hunt with elementsf the supernatural What a rollicking roller coaster This was the first book I ve read Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, of McKenzie s and I m so glad I did Middle grade boys in particular will love this Sam the adventurer Joey theutspoken and Roger the timid soul are best The Sporty Game of friends Hidingut in a cave to avoid Sam s uncle they find a chest with a dragon carving American Yakuza II on it It contains a mysterious scroll held by a bony hand The boys are bound and determined to track down its source What kid can resist the promisef a treasure hunt I won t reveal any spoilers but trust me this tale is brimming with breakneck twists and turns Plus it is full Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders of heart without being sappy Standout characters besides the boys include Li Kwan and Jen Highly recommended for kids who love adventure mysteryh and dragons Three boys find themselves thrust into the adventure Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of their lives when they discover a wooden chest with a secret map inside Sam Joey and Roger put together a plan to follow this map to find clues and but they don t expect the danger that trails them around every corner I read this aloud wit. Three plucky sleuths A crumbling skeleton A buried treasureAfter six months in a new school Sam’s finally fitting in He’s thene kid with enough talent to hit the winning home run and bring the baseball trophy back to Haggarty Elementary But Sam’s guardian is shipping him ff to boarding school before that can happenWhen teammates Joey and Roger hear his bad news they plot to

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Their friend and Sam longs for a stable home that he lost after his parents died It s easy to sympathize with them and I cheered them n from the beginningI loved the history f the Chinese in California and the mystical aspects f the story The twists and turns kept me guessing as to what might happen It s a funny suspenseful and fast paced ride A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Sam was living with his uncle Jasper but wasn t happy there But what can he do Jasper decided to book him in into a boarding school but Sam didn t like to goRoger and Joey his best friends decide to hide him in a cave up the mountain so he would miss to go there As they scrambled up the mountain and went into the cave an earthuake ccurred And here they find something unbelievable First they find in a box a skeleton and laying with the skeleton was another little box they pened it and find a map Here and there they decide to follow the instruction they find in a box with an skeleton But first they have to go to Trent another city They had money enough to goand what they find there is the unbelievableWell I won t tell you therwise I would take all the excitement away You better get the book It s a great read Love it Well done Well written Another rollicking middle grade treasure f a tale from author C Lee McKenzie If you have a boy r girl who loves a good mystery adventure this is the book for them The plot has 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 One f my favorite things about this book is the way the author wove in facts about the history f the early days f California and the impact DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting of the Chinese immigrants to the region I love seeing diversity in children s literature Thanks to authors like C Lee McKenzie readers are now getting a wider and truer rangef the vital windows and mirrors SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON is a delightful adventure for readers who enjoy a well crafted mystery with a touch f fantasy and a trio f plucky heroes Highly recommended I was provided with an ARC f this book in exchange for my honest review What a great adventure The characters are totally endearing and you find yourself rooting for the gang as they escape all kinds f wonderful folly YA but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story as it is filled with mysterious legend dragons and villains Civil rights, tool of communist deception of all sorts A really fun read thank you to author C Lee McKenzie for providing a copy for my reading enjoyment. In a labyrinthf underground tunnels trapped by dangerous thieves and sealed inside an airless tomb Sign f the Green Dragon gets a high five for fantasy fun and some fearsome adventure If you like intrepid would be knights n impossible and dangerous uests you’ll love this story As ne reader says this book “has twists than a dragon’s tail”Order now to jump into the adventur.

I always have free gifts for visitors to my website so stop by Sign up and get your gift todayIn my other life the one before I began writing for teens and younger readers I was a teacher and administrator at California State University San Jose My field of Linguistics and Inter cultural Communication has carried me to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and la