Title: THE END OF NORMAL
Genre: MG Earth-Based Sci-Fi
THE END OF NORMAL: The Dream, The Boxes, The Courage and The Book is a complete middle grade novel at 57,000 words.
Twelve year old Theodora can't read. Sure, she's smart, and her vision is fine, but whenever she looks at a printed page the words change into strange symbols and move into weird shapes -- and no one believes her. To top it all off she's plagued with very real nightmares and a bully she'd like to level.
When her grandmother "finds" Dr. Rivale's website touting a procedure that could correct her "reading problem", Theodora is skeptical. When he leans in and whispers, "I've been waiting for you for five hundred years," her normal life, with its comfortable trappings, is devoured in that one sentence. Before she knows what's happening, Theodora is swept into an international journey to unravel her mysterious heritage.
It's in the streets of Miravale, Portugal where Theodora's grandmother reveals her true alien lineage; her grandmother and father escaped from planet Miravale in the Ruby Galaxy thirty-four years ago. Their essences Brainboxed into two humans and so began their lives as Earthlings. If Theodora doesn't find her late father's Box of Intention she may not survive The Beings of the Darkness, and the entire Miravalian planet will be destroyed. Oh, and she's got to Brainbox back to Miravale without her mother ever finding out.
Fans of THE LIGHTING THIEF and HARRY POTTER and their page-turning-suspense will enjoy a similar style in THE END OF NORMAL.
I am a member of SCBWI and have a long and lively background teaching middle school language arts.
I could send you the full manuscript upon your request. Thank you for your time and consideration.