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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
Published August 3rd 2016 by Smashwords Edition
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joyce g
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great adventure! The characters are totally endearing and you find yourself rooting for the gang as they escape all kinds of wonderful folly. YA, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story as it is filled with mysterious legend, dragons, and villains of all sorts. A really fun read, thank you to author C. Lee McKenzie for providing a copy for my reading enjoyment.
Darby Karchut
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another rollicking middle grade treasure of a tale from author, C. Lee McKenzie! If you have a boy (or girl) who loves a good mystery adventure, this is the book for them. The plot has more 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 of my f
Gigi Sedlmayer
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 go.

Roger 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 earthquake occurred.
And here they find something unbelievable. First they find in a box a skeleton
Christine Rains
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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-offs for his baseball team. With the help of his friends, Joey and Roger, they plan to hide Sam in a cave until the game. An earthquake hits while the boys are there and reveals a secret room with a treasure map. If the kids can reveal the truth about an old murder, they'll find the treasure. But the ancient Chinese dragons don't give up their secrets easily, and the boys ...more
Beverly McClure
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most children simply want a home, a mother and father, someone to love them. They like to hang out with their friends, play sports, or other activities they enjoy. Life doesn’t always turn out the way a child, or an adult for that matter, wants it to.

In SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON, by Author C. Lee McKenzie, Sam is one of the children whose life is out of control. For six months Sam has been an orphan and lived with his Uncle Jasper. According to Uncle Jasper, the arrangement hasn’t worked out, an
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Sam is beyond disappointed when he finds out that Uncle Jasper is shipping him off to boarding school. He doesn't even get to stay and play in the championship baseball game. When he tells teammates Roger and Joey they plan his escape, so Sam will be around for the big game. Unfortunately,it involves sneaking away and staying in a cave for a few days, which proves to have more secrets than they could've imagined. After a small earthquake a crumbling wall reveals a skeleton with a map and a riddl ...more
Katie (Hiding in the Pages)
Three boys find themselves thrust into the adventure 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 more, but they don't expect the danger that trails them around every corner.

I read this aloud with one of my sons and he really enjoyed tagging along on this adventure. There are quite a few twists and turns that catch a reader off guard. It's later revealed that these boys are around 11 yea
Catherine Stine
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a rollicking roller coaster! This was the first book I've read of McKenzie's and I'm so glad I did. Middle grade boys in particular will love this! Sam, the adventurer, Joey, the outspoken and Roger, the timid soul are best of friends. Hiding out in a cave to avoid Sam's uncle they find a chest with a dragon carving 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 promise of a treasure hunt!? I w ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun adventure story for middle-graders with lots of Chinese culture and folk stories, including, of course, dragon lore. Imagine if the Hardy Boys had three little brothers, and you'll have the right idea.

McKenzie's tale dives a little deeper than most in the genre, as it explores the despair and fear of the protagonist, Sam, who has lost his parents and whose 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
Clare O'Beara
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this YA adventure, particularly as it involved some aspects of 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 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 earthquake occurs is not smart either but luckily they see the problem and leave - after grabbing an item from ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having taught middle school I am always interested in a great book for that age level and this book did not disappoint. In fact, after I finished reading it I proposed it to my teacher friends suggesting that perhaps they could implement it into their school reading lists for the up-coming year. I am positive the students would just love it and I was very happy to recommend it.

Sam is a smart, likeable boy who sadly is orphaned. He is sent to live with his uncle Jasper who is not thrilled with t
Yolanda Renee
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sam Denny's already lost too much; he can't miss his opportunity to play in the District Championship baseball game too. Surely, his Uncle Jasper would understand, but no, Sam has been scheduled to leave for boarding school.
When he shares this information with his two friends, Roger, and Joey, they have another idea. Sam can hide in a cave until the game. Not the best solution, but it's better than missing the game altogether. However, the discovery of a box of bones, a cave-in, and a message th
Bish Denham
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Ms McKenzie's has an excellent feel for 11/12 year-old boys. The Sign of the Green Dragon takes Sam and his best friends, Joey and Roger, on an adventure and mystery. There's the treasure map, he and his friends find, plus skeletons, Chinese boxes and Chinese dragons. There's a labyrinthine gold mine that an old Chinese man and his nephew live in. There are chase scenes and forged paintings. But the real question is, will Sam, who recently lost his parents and is living with a grumpy uncle, be a ...more
Mary Aalgaard
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing an advanced e-reader copy of Sign of Green Dragon. It was like reading the Hardy Boys mysteries or watching the Goonies or National Treasure. McKenzie puts as much adventure in her stories as she does personality in her characters.
From the first sentence, I cared about Sam and his plight. He’s recently orphaned and living with an uncle who is a reluctant caregiver. He doesn’t know where he fits in. When he finally finds acceptance from peers on the ba
Jamie Z
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read all of McKenzie's books, so I had to read Sign of the Green Dragon. It didn't disappoint me just as her Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster didn't.

Sam Denny is a loveable adventurer, and with his two companions, take the reader on a wild treasure hunt. When they find a skeleton clutching a map that promises a treasure, they can't pass it up. But it doesn't turn out to be just a treasure hunt. They get tied up with art forgers, almost wind up sealed in a tomb, and face th
Jemi Fraser
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

...And I'm so glad I did! This is a fantastic fun-filled adventure that is going to appeal to so many of my students (and their parents and teachers, too!). Sam is a terrific character - smart without being annoying, willing to take risks without being obnoxious and a good, loyal friend.

The cast of the supporting characters (human and otherwise!) is rich and textured with terrific details. The mystery plot is fun and intriguing.

J. Dorner
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, boys, adventure lovers
Shelves: favorites
I received this ARC free from the mailing list. My review and rating are honest.
This was an exciting adventure book for young people. There's diversity in the characters. Emotion was well-done. The settings are spectacularly fleshed out. (I want to live in the cave house!)
If you cut down an early Harry Potter book to just the three of them on an adventure-of-purpose, you'd have the feel of this book. It reminded me a bit of my own youth, which is, perhaps, why I enjoyed it so much.
Bill Tillman
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sign of the Green Dragon

Can grown ups enjoy boys 6th grade adventures? Awesome middle grade treasure hunt and other types of seat of the pants and edge of the seat adventures await you. Just look for C. Lee McKenzie's books on Amazon.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the vein of Hardy Boys, and Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators series (both which I loved), 3 boys stumble upon a mystery in the most unlikely way. In an effort to hide Sam so that he can play in the big game, who has been orphaned, lives with his Uncle Jasper and is about to be sent away to a boarding school, the 3 boys venture up to a cave so Sam can camp out for a few days. While at the cave, an earthquake happens, crumbling one of the walls of the cave and revealing some startli ...more
Pat Garcia
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A boy named Sam, orphaned by a tragic loss, and an Uncle forced into an unwilling parenthood. Two boys, Joey, and Roger bring friendship and some stability into Sam’s life, and Carmela, the nurturer, who in many ways is the surrogate mother, that keeps caring and loving alive in Sam’s heart.

The Sign of the Green Dragon tells the story of a boy who wants to help his team win the district baseball championship. Torn between with his desire to help his team, and his Uncle’s wish to send him to boa
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 charact
Juneta Key
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very imaginative and fun read with plenty of adventure and mystery thrown in.

Sam's already knows that bad things happen to good people. After losing his parents he goes to live with his uncle who after a few months wants to send him to live at boarding school. He was just starting to fit in and make friends. He was the best player on the baseball team and the coach thinks with him on the team they have the chance to win the playoffs.

His two best buds come up with an idea to hide him
Jemima Pett
I was going to say that the blurb pretty much tells the story, but no, it really only covers the introduction. What happens after is fascinating, enthralling, and a bit scary at times. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a book for middle grade readers.

And it is. Ms Mckenzie also makes sure that younger keen readers or reluctant boys will continue with the story by her writing. It is clean, crisp, and short. The three boys are entertaining and a good mix of characters. Sam uses his head, Joey use
Medeia Sharif
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sam’s uncle is about to send him to a boarding school, but he can’t miss a big baseball game when his team is so close to winning. With the help of his friends, Roger and Joey, he’ll live in a cave so he can play. What they find in the cave brings problems and intrigue.

There’s a map, bones, and the promise of treasure. The author weaves in some interesting characters who both help and provide obstacles. The group of friends go on an adventurous trek to solve mysteries, dig up the past, and perha
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good choice for a young reader who likes boyhood adventures. The three boys at the center of the story find an old chest in an abandoned cave. The message inside promises a treasure to the people who can fulfill the assigned task. The boys decide to try and take a bus to a nearby town to explore the history of the note and find the treasure. In the end they learn lessons, make new friends, cross paths with ancient spirits and foil criminal gangs.

Overall this reminds me of the "Hardy B
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining story! You can’t help but root for Sam as he tries to convince his Uncle Jasper not to send him to a boarding school, away from his friends and the baseball play-offs. When they discover a treasure map, he along with his friends, Joey and Roger, embark on a mission to solve a mystery.

This is a well-written, page-turning adventure that middle grade boys and girls will find eagerly read.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun middle grade adventure with intriguing twists and subjects that will appeal to readers: baseball, treasure hunt, art, dragons, and more!
Elizabeth Mathis
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 reve
Tonja Drecker
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book not only is packed with adventure, treasure hunting and mystery but gives a glimpse at an often overlooked part of American history.

Sam's life, especially in terms of baseball, is about to be ruined; his uncle wants to send him off to boarding school. To help out, his two best friends hide him out in a cave. When an earthquake hits, and a dragon chest is revealed, the adventure begins.

There are so many things for middle graders to love: caves, treasure maps, secrets and dragons. The au
W. Tinkanesh
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sam Denny, 11, has been living with his Uncle Jasper since the death of his parents. Six months on and Sam feels like he is starting to fit in. He has two best friends, Joey and Roger, and the baseball coach reckons that Sam could win his school the baseball cup. And then Uncle Jasper decides to send him to a boarding school before the big game. Joey and Roger takes takes Sam to their secret cave to hide him for a few days. However, an earthquake derails their plan and sends them on a treasure h ...more
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