F-9: Middle Grade: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

Genre: Contemporary

Word Count: 45,000

Pitch: Karma expects change starting sixth grade. Losing her BFF, Daddy jobless and the nickname ‘Stache Attack aren’t what she imagined. Armed with Dadima’s prayer book and chunni, she’s determined to break the karma curse.

Excerpt:

Dadima used to say I’d be as strong as a lion if I drank milk twice a day. She never mentioned I’d get as hairy as one, too. There should have been a disclaimer—bold letters and a voice over with a list of symptoms scrolling along the side of my grandma’s face whenever she handed me a cup of hot milk.

Daddy’s back was to me as he pried pratha dough off the rolling pin in a misshapen glob and dropped it in a pan. I quickly tipped the milk he’d poured for me into a pot of cilantro on the counter.

Instead of a warning that milk gave you more than a milk mustache, I was stuck consulting the *Gorgeous Georgians* section of my Horrible Histories books for a way to get rid of the hair above my lip. A magazine like *Tween Bop* would’ve been a better choice, but Daddy refused to buy it.

Lucky for me, my best friend Sara was on the phone. She was a walking, talking guide of fashion and personality quizzes.

Daddy flipped the pratha and turned to me. “Just like Dadima’s,” he said, grinning.

I cupped my hand over the mouthpiece of the phone when Daddy turned back to the stove. “I’m serious, Sara. There are exactly seven*teen* of them.” I pinched the hairs above my lip, hoping no more had grown.

“Mmm hmm.” Sara’s breath rattled through the phone.

I pictured her blowing a loose strand of hair out of her eyes.

5 Comments

  1. Move my pawn 11 spaces

  2. I’m dying to know what happens next – I move my pawn home!

  3. Carrie Howland |

    I move forward 5 spaces! Please send to carrieassistant@donadio.com as a word document.

  4. I move my pawn 4 spaces!

  5. Love this concept! This girl has heart and her grandma and father are already characters I want to know. Well done!
    ~ Melissa Nesbitt CALL OF THE KOEL (#teamfizzy #greenteam)

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