Monday, April 12, 2010

Entry 27

Genre: Middle Grade

Eleven-year-old preacher’s kid Danny Albright has no friends and fewer prospects when he discovers Weasel Potts, a boy from the local homeless shelter, spying on him through a grate in the wall. They band together as their families are falling apart, but their friendship is threatened when a social worker recommends Weasel be placed in foster care. Unwilling to say goodbye, Danny smuggles Weasel out of the shelter. They live in their secret hideout for three days until a television report on a missing child reveals Weasel’s true identity. Angry and betrayed, Danny banishes Weasel from the hideout and from his life. But when fire threatens to destroy everything they built together, Danny learns the distance a true friend will go to make things right. If only it’s not too far.

I have published non-fiction and creative non-fiction pieces in professional and literary journals. I am a guest blogger on Writer Unboxed and a former writing instructor. I also worked in the foster care system for seven years.

I wrote FOR WEASEL with a male audience in mind. It is complete at approximately 28,000 words.


  1. Like the premise here very much, but I was disappointed that you didn't tell us Weasel's true identity. Would it be giving away too much if you did?

  2. Concise, well written query. Sounds like a very moving book.

    You might want to add a line thanking the agent for their time. Some agents like the word count at the beginning.

    Good luck!

  3. Ooooh, this is one of my favourites. I love it! I would definitely read a book like this. Let me know when it's published, so I can add it to my book collection.

  4. Great premise...I am hooked.. Who is Weasel??? I need to know. Hurry up agents and get this to a publisher so I can read it and find out.

  5. Jamie Weiss ChiltonMay 7, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    I'd like to know more about Danny -- can you give some character/story details that will help the reader relate to him?

    You have room to expand here, and I'd like to get more character development details about the two boys, and also at least a clue or two about Weasel's identity. Without any clue, I'm not sure if this plot point is going to hook me.

    Your foster care credentials are important; you establish yourself as an expert in this subject matter.

    Nice job.


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