Hélène is bravely posting her revised query for shredification. Please take a moment to add your thoughts in the comment section. This sounds like a fab novel, one we’d love to see in a bookstore!
Dear Dream Agent,
Fourteen year-old Jade’s quest for the perfect bathing suit is cringe-worthy, especially when played out in front of the three-way mirror of truth at her local Jay-Mart. Who ever thought big girls could pull off green metallic sequins, anyway? Besides, the very thought of swimming makes Jade’s heart ache with the painful memory of her mom’s drowning accident. Add a way overdue first visit from Aunt Flo (late bloomer = freak of nature) and the reasons for skipping her BFF’s pool party pile up faster than the discarded tankinis on the dressing room floor.
It’s times like these when Jade misses Mom the most. But, Dad’s theory is right (he Googled it, after all). A relaxing bath in Epsom salt really does take the edge off the growing pains of puberty and the angst of missing Mom—at least for a while. Until those raging hormones coupled with the bath salts trip off another metamorphosis—complete with flippers and scales. Talk about freak of nature! How’s Jade going to explain THIS at the pool party?
It’s then that Dad is forced to reveal the shocking truth; Jade’s mom was once a mermaid and apparently, the gene is not recessive.
Which raises the question… how does a mermaid drown, exactly?
BIG SPLASH (upper middle-grade) is complete at 40,000 words and available at your request. My writing received an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Surrey International Writers’ Conference literary competition (Writing for Children) and I was also recently awarded a juried literary grant from the Ontario Arts Council. I have four published middle-grade books to my credit (bio attached).
Thank you for taking the time to consider this project.