ELLIE AND THE FUGITIVE FAIRY - MG
Dear Mystery Agent,
Stubbornly independent twelve-year-old Ellie must stop her parents selling her beloved Strawberry Fields Farm. She also has to figure out what to do about Joy, an argumentative, smelly fairy she accidentally caught and now can't shake off. In fact, it's hard to know which is her biggest problem: keeping track of a lying fairy who'll eat anything not nailed to the floor, coming up with a plan to save the home she loves or learning to accept help gracefully, because without it, she's sunk.
When Ellie jumped for joy that first morning of summer vacation, she had no idea that she would actually catch it. Now she’s stuck with a grubby-faced, rubber-booted, wise-ass fairy who insists that yes, he really is named Joy and would she go get him some soup before he keels over. He also tells her he’s not going anywhere until and unless he earns his freedom by doing her a great service. Thing is, Ellie could use some help. Her parents have decided to give up on their dream, sell Strawberry Fields Farm and move the family back to New York. Ellie is not about to let that happen and, whether or not she wants to admit it, she can’t do it alone. Helped by her melodramatic older sister Nan, her best friend George and a fugitive fairy around whom no cake is safe, Ellie sets out to take the local Strawberry Fair by storm – and to convince the fairy queen to pardon Joy. If that really is his name.
ELLIE AND THE FUGITIVE FAIRY is complete at 48000 words. The blend of ordinary kids, normal life and magic would appeal to fans of Bruce Coville’s Magic Shop series, Sally Gardner’s Lucy Willow or Ingrid Law’s Savvy, as well as to admirers of Diana Wynne Jones’ writing.
I have been working as a technical writer and editor since returning to the United States nine years ago. Before that, I was a regular contributor to the Egyptian English-language monthly Egypt Today and a playwright with my own experimental theater group. I recently had a story published in the Canadian children’s magazine Crow Toes Quarterly and am an active member of SCBWI.
Thank you for your time and consideration.