Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie

◊ Paperback: 181 pages
◊ Genre: Children’s Book, Action, Adventure
◊ Publisher: C. Lee McKenzie (Aug. 3, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1532721250
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1532721250


Three plucky sleuths. A crumbling skeleton. A buried treasure.

After six months in a new school, Sam's finally fitting in. He's the one 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 off to boarding school before that can happen.
When teammates, Joey and Roger, hear his bad news, they plot to hide him until the big game. Their secret cave is a perfect place until an earthquake 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 treasure.
With Joey and Roger, Sam sets off to track down the clues and hopefully discover treasure.
Just as some puzzle pieces start to make sense, the boys become lost in a labyrinth of underground tunnels, trapped by dangerous thieves and sealed inside an airless tomb. 
Sign of the Green Dragon gets a high five for fantasy, fun and some fearsome adventure. If you like intrepid would-be knights on impossible and dangerous quests, you'll love this story. As one reader says, this book, "has more twists than a dragon's tail."

Author C. Lee McKenzie makes you remember what it was like dreaming the impossible as a child. Her writing is aimed at middle grade readers, but touches the inner child of adults as well.

Sam, the protagonist in McKenzie’s SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON, is a good-hearted youngster who is loyal to his friends and only wants to feel wanted and have a home. McKenzie explores the ups and downs of the youngster who has been orphaned and sent to live with an uncle dealing with a loss of his own. The characters are well-developed, realistic and very likable.

The story flows quickly and smoothly keeping your attention until the very end. While the story deals with several issues, it doesn’t get bogged down. With twists and turns to keep you guessing, you never know what to expect next.

A good mix of humor, loyalty, suspense, and friendship works well with bits of history to make this an expedition you don’t want to miss. This delightful fantasy will have you smiling and is the perfect addition to any youngster’s library. Caves, dragons, treasure and thieves, all the elements of a captivating adventure.

Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie, C. Lee McKenzie, @2016, ISBN: 978-1532721250, Paperback, 181 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Author C. Lee McKenzie

Lee loves to write 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’s proud to be a hybrid author with three Indie books out along with four traditionally published young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden SecretsShe said it’s fun to know both sides of this writing business. 

When she’s not writing she’s thinking about it or scratching her head over how all of this started. 

For more on the author and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Lee likes to highlight the fact that she always has a free eBook (a different one every few months) available on her website for visitors.

SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON is available to pre-order at the following sites: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.


C. Lee McKenzie will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during her book tour. Check out her current blog tour HERE and visit the participants to enter the giveaway.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check out Lee’s tour and learn more about this charming story. Do you enjoy stories where the protagonist is a youngster? Do you have a favorite story featuring a young protagonist?


  1. It is already on my MUST READ list, and nudging its way to the top.

    1. Thanks for putting me on the list! I loved reading that.

  2. Hi Mason - Lee seems to have created another great read ... loved reading the synopsis ... and now I want to know what happened ... cheers to you both - Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary. It's the kid in me I guess. Have to keep myself entertained with alligators and dragons.

  3. It sounds like a wonderful story. I pre-ordered it last week.

    1. I got a pre-order! I'm dancing, Diane. Thanks.

  4. I admire anyone who can spark a young person's interest in reading, Mason! Thanks for sharing this.

    1. I'm hoping kids of all ages will enjoy the adventure. Thanks for the comment.

  5. This looks like a winner. I look forward to reading it.

    1. Hi Medeia,

      Writers can always count on you to put their books into your reading pile.

  6. This is a truly wonderful book. Reminded me of when I was a youngster looking for adventure in books! The reader will find it in Sign of the Green Dragon!
    Congratulations, Lee!

    1. It's good to go back to those kid days. I guess that's one reason I like to write for this age group. Best to you, Yolanda.

  7. Sounds like another great book. Congrats to her!

  8. I am so tardy. This has been one week of always being behind. Thanks so much for the beautiful post about my book.


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