17: SOMEONE ELSE’S SUMMER

Title:Someone Else’s Summer
Age Category:Young Adult
Genre:Contemporary
Word Count:74000
Pitch:Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies, Anna is completely lost. Until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to have the best summer ever — her sister’s dream summer.
First 250 Word of Manuscript:I remember the rain most of all. The day had been beautiful, the sun just peeking through the clouds and falling across the grass where the graduates sat on metal folding chairs. A light breeze played with tassels hanging from mortarboards and fluttered cheap polyester robes around shins as the speakers passed token words of wisdom across the podium.

Then, just as hundreds of maroon caps took to the sky, the clouds opened up above us and rain washed the earth.

It was just a sprinkling at first, enough to scatter dark spots across shoulders and cool sunburned skin. As the day wore on, the skies darkened more, until it looked like dusk at mid-afternoon. By the time the party started, the gutters had filled with small rivers and our back yard was a swamp.

Hours later, the rain still pattered a steady rhythm on the roof as a shrill ring pulled me out of sleep. Mom and Dad insisted on keeping a landline, with receivers throughout the house, even though we never used it. The ancient, corded phone blaring just outside my bedroom door should have been my first indication something was wrong; I should have known right away. That’s the way it always happens in movies—there’s intuition, a feeling deep in the gut. I had none of that, just a mild irritation at whomever was calling. And the constant, insistent rain.

Then my world ended with Mom’s ear-breaking screams.

7 Comments

  1. I’m a fan of a good sister story. I’d like to throw a Star.

    Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis
    chquery[at]mcintoshandotis[dot]com

  2. YES throwing a mega mushroom! thank you!

  3. actually can I throw a bullet here?

  4. STAR! Please send the pages as a Word doc attachment to patricia[at]marsallyonliteraryagency[dot]com with “Pitch Madness” in the subject line. Looking forward to reading!

  5. Gold Coin! Please send the first 100 pages and query to query [at] newleafliterary [dot] com. Put “Pete Knapp – PITCH WARS” in subject.

  6. I love this idea and cant wait to see how it unfolds. That last line!!!!!

    My entry is: The Star

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