Monday, April 1, 2013

No Fooling--April Mystery Agent Contest!

CONTEST CLOSED!
Thanks to all who entered and good luck!

Welcome to another Mystery Agent Contest! No April Fools allowed here--just some serious pitching for your book!

This month's mystery agent is looking for all genres of:

YA (Young Adult) Fiction
MG (Middle Grade) Fiction
And would specifically like to see:
  • Grounded YA, especially serious or darker or twisty contemporary YA
  • YA or MG fiction that touches on what it means to be a member of the LGBTQ today
  • Fantastic MG with heart and humor and fast pacing.
  • Mystery Agent is especially keen on MG at the moment, and loves stories about complicated family dynamics
Okay. Here are the official contest rules:
1) Entries must be one-line pitches. The length of the pitch is up to you, but remember, it's only one sentence.

2) Entries must be for completed and unpublished manuscripts. No NaNo projects, and no unfinished drafts, please!

3) Entries must be left in the comments section of today's post (please don't email us your entries!). We'll close the contest once we've reached our limit.

4) You can only enter once today (only one project). If you participated or won previous MA contests, you can enter this one as well!

4) Please include  TITLE and GENRE, followed by your one-line pitch.

5) The contest will close when we receive 75 entries.

6) The winner will receive a  FULL manuscript request!

7) If the rules aren't followed, your entry will be disqualified.

Your comment/entry should look like this:

Name:
Title:
Genre:

One-Sentence Pitch:


So what are you waiting for? Polish those pitches and get those entries in!

84 comments:

  1. I'M IN LOVE WITH A ZOMBIE BUT HE DOESN'T KNOW I'M ALIVE (48,000)

    MG urban fantasy with humor

    13yo witch brings back her boy crush as a zombie and now they are on the run from a covert government agency that wants to test their newfangled Zombie Activation Chip in order to start the zombie apocalypse.

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  2. Name: Kimberly Ann Miller
    Title: Case In Point
    Genre: young adult contemporary

    One-Sentence Pitch: An eighteen-year-old girl who writes an anonymous column for her school paper gets death threats when she reports that a teacher is pregnant by a senior.

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  3. The Boy in the Mirror

    YA: Dark Paranormal Romance



    With her imaginary(?) boyfriend at risk in a parallel dimension, 17 yo Grace must find her way through the mirror without losing her sanity.

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  4. Name: Rachel Russell
    Title: HARVESTER
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

    Sixteen-year-old Catalina must make a deal with a criminal faery and stop a serial killer who likes to harvest body parts if she hopes to prove herself innocent of the murders as well as save the boy she loves.

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  5. Name: Lucie Brooks
    Title: SEEDS OF FIRE
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Pitch: A teenage mom and the guy who bailed must work together to cross a city under siege when domestic terrorists attack.

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  6. Name: Stacey Trombley
    Title: NAKED
    Genre: YA contemporary


    Sixteen-year-old Anna would do anything for Luis, her pimp, until they're busted and she's sent back home to the suburbs where she'll have to face her controlling parents, some seriously nasty rumors and the horrors of high school as the "town whore."

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  7. NAME: Molly Pinto Madigan
    TITLE: Of Blood and Roses
    GENRE: YA urban fantasy

    PITCH:When disillusioned music major Maggie Carter hears the voice of Thomas Lynn on the radio, she knows she has to meet him, but as she gets wrapped up in his mystery, she finds herself submerged in a strange world where words bind, where music manipulates, and where mortality hints at something more.

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  8. Nancy Stewart
    Lost on the Skeleton Coast
    Middle Grade

    Ten and eleven year old Andy and Olivia accompany their Uncle Blake to Namibia on an archaeological dig where they become stranded in the desert, are threatened by a pride of lions, trespass on diamond mine property and struggle, with the help of two San-Bushman kids, to get back to their dig site to try and save their uncle from diamond smugglers.

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  9. Name: Laurie Litwin
    Title: LILLY PETUNIA WASHINGTON PRESIDENTIAL P.I.
    Genre: Contemporary MG

    Pitch:

    When Lilly Petunia Washington, an Abe Lincoln fangirl and history fanatic, finds a dusty old diary under a loose floor board, she embarks on an adventure to discover an unfound time capsule that could uncover secrets from the Civil War and link her own family to a U.S. President - that is, if she isn’t expelled first.

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  10. NAME: Jeanmarie Anaya
    TITLE: EVERYTHING I NEVER WANTED
    Genre: Contemporary YA

    PITCH: After polishing the perfect image, high school senior Mackenzie Cloud risks forfeiting all her hard-earned social butterfly points when she falls for a friendless geek who has more enthusiasm for pi than popularity.

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  11. Corinne O'Flynn
    THE EXPATRIATES
    YA Fantasy

    After watching his brother murdered in his place, a 17 year old carnival worker learns he’s the only one left with the power to defeat the killer, avenge his brother, and save his world from destruction.

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  12. Name: Margaret Hicks
    Title: The Shifter's Ball
    Genre: YA

    Modern Greek nymphs live fast and die young, but with rules; Phaedra would break them all if she chooses her human boyfriend over the life nymphs are forced to live for their survival.

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  13. Nicole Zoltack
    Winter Magic
    MG Fantasy

    Trapped in a land ruled by the four seasons, ten-year-old Mandy and her eight-year-old brother Bobby must save Christmas when spring comes early or they'll never be able to return home.

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  14. Name: Jennifer Kay
    Title: The Templars: Initiation
    Genre: YA Action / Secret Society / Heist

    A sixteen-year-old apprentice spy takes on her mobster uncle and her own secret society to rescue her abducted father before he caves under torture and reveals her mother's dark secret.

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  15. Greg Pattridge
    AWESOME SAUCE
    Contemporary MG

    Successful is the least likely word to describe eleven-year-old Henderson, but if he can use his visual mind to achieve something big, and find the father he’s never met, being called half-brain won’t happen anymore.

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  16. Name: Jen Maschari
    Title: MATT MULDOON AND THE CURSE BREAKERS
    Genre: MG adventure

    12 year old wanna-be rock star Matt Muldoon battles an evil witch for his soul with a little help from his quirky band and an unlikely weapon: his guitar.

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  17. Name: Katharine Simmons
    Title: WHERE I WAKE
    Genre: YA fantasy/romance

    Pitch: A teenager discovers that her family's curse of disappearing at random is actually an opportunity to help others when it brings her to a Hawaiian local dealing with his brother's traumatic brain injury.

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  18. Name: Artemis Grey
    Title: GONE MISSING GIRL
    Genre: Contemporary YA

    Shy albino Ansel prefers books to people but when an injured runaway shows up in his shed, he readily offers her help, unaware that he’s befriending a missing millionaire heiress who’s father will stop at nothing to get her back in a psych ward where he thinks she belongs.

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  19. Name: Rachel
    Title: VIOLENT DELIGHTS
    Genre: YA dark contemporary

    Pitch: It's Heathers meets Before I Fall in a non-linear timeline when popular Jenna falls for outcast Cass and everything starts to unravel - her parents' marriage, her friendships, maybe even her sanity...

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  20. Andrea Mack
    THE ETHAN PROJECT
    Contemporary MG

    Twelve-year-old Molly plans to help her mom de-stress by getting her mute 5-yr-old mute cousin to talk, but her dedication to her project could cost Molly her best friend and destroy her fragile family.

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  21. Shawn McGuire
    A Soul's Desire
    Contemporary YA with a Magical Edge

    A teenage girl makes an unintentional wish that brings her alter ego/imaginary friend to life only to discover that the friend will do whatever it take to stay alive.

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  22. Chrystal Schleyer
    Caste
    Young Adult

    17 year old Isobel has a choice: Safety in her "flawless" city, ignoring the experiments, or digging up the secrets behind her genetic perfection.

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  23. Deena Viviani
    ASYLUM GIRLS
    MG

    When 11-year-old Joanie Patcherson discovers a young girl locked in the insane asylum in her Roth State Hospital Community, she decides it is her job to save her from the doctor who wants to give her a lobotomy.

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  24. Stephanie Cardel
    SEEING SHADOWS
    YA Suspense with a Paranormal element

    Seventeen-year-old Skylar is horrified to discover that she can see visions in shadows, but when they reveal a classmate was murdered, her best friend and longtime crush's possible involvement, and that she's the next target, she decides to step into some shadows to find the truth and stop the murderer before he stops her.

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  25. Rita Russell
    THE TROUBLE WITH QUEENIE
    Funny, realistic middle grade fiction

    Queenie, a quirky and impulsive ten year old girl with ADHD, moves across the country from small town Ontario to glitzy West Vancouver, where she desperately wants to be popular, but her outrageous behaviour constantly lands her into BIG trouble.

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  26. Hong Tran
    CROSSING LAU DAI LÁ
    MG Fantasy with a blend of Vietnamese folklore and Western mythical creatures

    When a group of evil sorcerers called the Kerai demand that eleven-year-old Linh help them conquer Earth by fetching a sacred crossbow, she refuses—until they threaten to kill her mother.

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  27. Carrie Cox
    CORRODED
    MG 40,300

    For freshman Mary Lou Weber, it takes her father’s old "poopy suit" and a cute guy with Asperger’s to help her find her inner strength so she can deal with her sister, who's back from college—and sharing her room—and her former best friends who scattered when they hit high school.

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  28. Hilary Harwell
    MIM: A TRINKETING TALE
    MG Fantasy

    12-year-old Oliver portal-hops from Clinket’s Trinkets to the peculiar land of Mim to follow a trail of stolen magical contraptions and save his kidnapped Trinket Guardian Grandfather.

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  29. Name: Joyce Scarbrough
    Title: PENANCE
    Genre: YA paranormal

    Being dead is all fun and games until your killer kidnaps your BFF.

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  30. Name: ST Bende/Jacqueline Gardner
    Title: GODDESS HIGH
    Genre: Lower YA Norse Mythology

    With her science experiment pegged as the key to saving the realm, Idunn realizes it's going to take more than a push up bra and a decent GPA to survive high school in Asgard -- it's going to take a major miracle.

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  31. Mindy Alyse Weiss
    Ruby Bella Brown, Super Average Girl
    Humorous MG

    An eleven year-old cartoonist would eat worms or kiss a gross boy like Stinky to make sure this birthday isn’t another suck-a-rama—but is forced to choose between her dream of art camp or avoiding another ditch-a-thon and helping her friend.

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  32. Michelle K. Pickett
    Unspeakable
    YA Contemporary

    One teenaged girl, one jock boyfriend, one true love, one dark secret, which will she chose, the love that can save her or the secret that's slowly destroying her?

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  33. Rosalyn Eves
    BEING THE QUEEN
    MG Contemporary

    12 year-old Sabrina wants to be queen of her school’s Arthurian Feast, but to win she must defeat her former best friend and stop pretending to be someone else—without losing her self-respect or her new friends.

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  34. Name: Anne Taylor
    Title: ENTELEKY
    Genre: MG Multi-Cultural Contemporary Fantasy

    When human children are stolen by an underwater enemy, four tweens from around the world, Sage, Mei, Gabe and Themba, are given the key to accessing higher brain capacities by an advanced ocean-dwelling race to save them, but they'll have to dive in and unlock their own coded powers first, or become one of them.

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  35. Name: Larissa Hardesty
    Title: MEDITATION
    Genre: YA Contemporary Thriller
    Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Bree Miller never expected her passion for yoga would save her life, but when she's kidnapped by a man in a mask who talks about obedience and punishment, her training is the only thing keeping her sane.

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  36. Lara Cummings
    Callie Buttons and the Amazing Jumping Spider
    MG Chapter Book

    Stuck with a ghastly role in the fourth grade play, eleven year old Callie not only conquers her fear of spiders, but the class bully as well.

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  37. Jennifer Swanson
    Invent-A-Julie
    MG novel - Humorous

    jenswan1222@yahoo.com

    Using cow poop, hydroponics, and a food fight of epic proportions, 12- year-old inventor Julie Beamont creates a workable invention for the town contest, but will her thieving science teacher end up getting the credit – and the $25,000?

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  38. Robin Lemke
    Talk to the Paw
    MG Contemporary

    Kendra can't make all the unfair things about her family come untrue, but when her vengeful neighbor comes for her dog with a breed ban and a muzzle, she knows it's her fight to win... or lose - and she can't lose her dog.

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  39. Miriam McNamara
    THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE
    YA historical LGBTQ

    It’s 1711 and Mary Reade has passed for a boy all her life to survive; when her obsession with the handsome neighbor boy drives her to leave London and go chase pirates in the Caribbean, the secret that’s kept her alive ends up putting her life and everything she thinks she knows about herself in jeopardy.

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  40. Name: Suzanne Santillan
    Title: Stealing Home
    Genre: MG Historical

    It’s 1950 in Chavez Ravine; 10-year-old Josie Maldonado’s plans for a perfect summer are ruined by the arrival of a mysterious cousin and land developers threatening to demolish her neighborhood.

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  41. Manju B. Howard
    FLYING FRUIT
    Upper MG Contemporary

    As the cyber-bullying by her junior high menace escalates, 13-year-old Samantha isn’t safe at home either, at least not within throwing distances of her alcoholic father who will explode when Mom’s plans to divorce are exposed.

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  42. Name: Kate Larkindale
    Title: The Sidewalk's Regrets
    Genre: YA contemporary

    When Sacha's sheltered life entwines with sexy rocker Dylan's, she gives him her cutting-edge sound; he gives her his drug habit.

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  43. Name: Hilary Sierpinski
    Title: BREAKERS
    Genre: MG e-serial

    A failed government experiment to alter human DNA has been hijacked with one goal in mind—to turn its unwitting participants into BREAKERS, those with the power to bend an ancient symbol and in turn bend space-time in this LOST for middle grade immersive e-serial.

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  44. QUESTION - can we pitch another book if you don't fill the spots by a certain time? Thanks!

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    1. Sorry, Kim--our rules say only one entry! It might take slightly longer than when we have 50 slots, but I'm sure we'll fill up the 75! Thanks for the question.

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    2. Thank you for quick response!

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  45. Mike S.
    Titie: DOT REAPER
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    The horrors of civil war are revealed when fifteen-year-old Maxine Protega stands against family and friends in a battle over magic and the evil woven into the very fabric of it.

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  46. Sarah Floyd
    FLUTTER
    MG magical realism

    When twelve-year-old Mandy discovers an ancient spell that makes her sprout wings, her long-absent mother shows up with superstar plans for her Winged Wonder Girl – but it means leaving her crush, who might be crushing back – and Grandpa, who loved Mandy long before the whole world knew her name.

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  47. Lori Tays Eastep
    LOCKER 103
    MG Paranormal

    Twelve-year-old Winter Malone has used the school band room as a bedroom ever since her deadbeat mother took off for Nebraska, but she’s not the only one hiding in the hallways -- former (as in dead) teacher Mr. Hawkins must find someone to take his place as the school’s Soul before he can pass to the Other Side, and Winter’s living arrangements make her the perfect target.

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  48. Tania Hutley
    SKIN HUNTER
    YA Science Fiction

    Desperate to escape harsh living conditions, scarred seventeen-year-old Milla steals a stranger's identity and unwittingly becomes a competitor in a deadly, high-tech gladiatorial contest.

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  49. Jo Zebedee
    INISH CARRAIG
    YA sci fi

    The aliens claimed Belfast for themselves, and only seventeen-year-old John can deal with them: he just has to get out of their prison first.

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  50. Name: Holly Dodson
    Title: THE RIDDLE OF LEGEND
    Genre: YA magical realism

    The legend says no one spends a night in Tate’s Hell and comes out alive—but seventeen-year-old Delia Ray and her best friends are going to be the first.

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  51. We are going to 75 entries today so we have 24 more spots!

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  52. Talynn Lynn
    Title: To Find A Way
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    In a world where emotions are outlawed, Prism will do anything to find love, even if it means buying it from the black market.

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  53. Name: Don McFatridge
    Title: MY FUTURE GIRLFRIENDS’S COMATOSE & I’M TOAST IF I CALL 911
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    When fourteen-year-old Mike finds his crush, three-hundred and ninety-nine-day-older, Teagan and his nemesis, Rachel, unconscious after performing a ritual to awaken Teagan’s comatose twin sister, Mike must decide: call 911, or try rescuing the two Sleeping Beauties himself. Oh, and maybe Rachel, too.

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    1. Please repost as a one-sentence entry or your pitch will be disqualified. Thanks!

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  54. Name: Heather Senter
    Title: BOUND IN BLUE
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

    When Seventeen year old Rhi discovers that her color synaesthesia is actually a deadly power, there's only one problem: she's supposed to use it against a returning King Arthur and he’s not as nice as the storybooks say.

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  55. Sheri S Levy
    Title: Dog Days of Summer
    Genre: MG Contemporary
    "Almost-twelve" Trina had the perfect plan on becoming the best service dog trainer ever, until their time together ends with her beach trip and causes her to wonder if her heart can be pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle and allow her to train another.

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  56. Name: Kes Trester
    Title: KIT DAWSON: PRODIGY
    Genre: YA mystery/suspense

    17-year-old prodigy uses science, chemistry and wits to find her mentor’s killer, track a ticking time bomb and discover love.

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  57. Name: Johannah Spero
    Title: PLAY FOR PANIC
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    15-year-old Sami does not know her exceptional piano skill is a result of magic running through her veins…until she meets Coach Panic and her magic potion that creates superstar athletes – but destroys artistic talent.

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  58. Name: Rob Polk
    Title: Tree Roper
    Genre: MG Realistic Contemporary

    A broken climbing rope and suddenly one-eyed tree expert, Jimmy Parker, realizes that neither his new friendship with cute Sam Fulton, nor his hopes of cosmetic surgery, are nearly as important as his father, who now lies broken and bleeding on the roof above them.

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  59. Name: Jenny Kaczorowski
    Title: The Extraordinary Art of Falling
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

    One-Sentence Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Bria Hale knows exactly who she is – the militant vegan, purple-haired Queen of the Art Room - until she kisses the high school quarterback.

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  60. Title: BETTER LIVES
    Genre: YA Sci-fi

    An arrogant 17 year-old prep school student is abducted and replaced by aliens to avert a future in which he’s the president who starts WWIII.

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  61. Name: Cristina Dos Santos
    Title: Revenants
    Genre: YA Horror

    For haunting the living in a previous life, seventeen-year-old Cora Grayson has to hunt ghosts in this life, including her best friend, or doom her soul to Hell.

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  62. Name: Margaret Alexander
    Title: THE EXECUTIONER AT THE INSTITUTE FOR CONTAMINATED CHILDREN
    Genre: YA thriller

    The last person Donna expects to fall for is the first suspect in a line of killings at a school for superhuman teens.

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  63. Name: Toni De Palma
    Title: Pieces of Me
    Genre: Contemporary MG

    When her mother dies, 13 y.o. Frannie is left with a box of letters, one disgruntled grandmother,two tickets to Italy and a lot of unanswered questions.

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  64. Name: Lisa Rosenman
    Title: Outside In
    Genre: Contemporary YA

    Underneath Alexis's perfect facade lies a mess of self-inflicted cuts and bruises; if she's discovered, she'll get kicked out of her elite boarding school.

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  65. Name: Dionna Mann
    Title: Pennies
    Genre: Middle-grade

    Allie Cat, 10, is on a mission to tame her temper, get rid of her double negatives, and find her momma a husband.

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  66. Name: Liz Straw
    Title: Mystery of the Fountain
    Genre: MG Mystery

    11 year old Jessie discovers that her mom has been dating her grade school art teacher behind her back, has her bike stolen, and discovers that someone is hiding something in the town fountain all in one day.

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  67. Name: Jennifer Clark Estes
    Title: Still Life in a Graveyard
    Genre: MG Mystery

    Sketching in a cemetery doesn’t erase 13-year-old Tessa’s pain over her dad’s death, but it does help her deal with life in a new town, until unsettling events (and strange images that emerge in her own art) challenge her to find the truth about the town’s Great Fire -- a truth that could help some restless spirits, including herself, find peace at last.

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  68. Name: Jenilyn Collings
    Title: NORTH OF NORMAL
    Genre: YA contemporary

    Caitlin loves paranormal romances, but imagining her life as one gets in the way of developing real friendship and romance.

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  69. Name: L.N. Russell
    Title: Discovering Faeth
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    After sneaking to her first high school party, Faeth learns she’s not human and that dark fae are hunting her which thrusts her into a hybrid life - forcing her to lie to her friends while exploring the magical future she must embrace.

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  70. Name: Don McFatridge
    Title: MY FUTURE GIRLFRIENDS’S COMATOSE & I’M TOAST IF I CALL 911
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    When fourteen-year-old Mike finds his crush, three-hundred and ninety-nine-day-older, Teagan and his nemesis, Rachel, unconscious after performing a ritual to awaken Teagan’s comatose twin sister, Mike must decide: call 911, or try rescuing the two Sleeping Beauties—oh and maybe Rachel too.

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  71. Name: Theresa Milstein
    Muriel and the Misfits
    Genre: MG Contemporary Fantasy

    Muriel longs to find out where she belongs, leading to a mansion filled with magical aunts, but she soon finds that even magic can’t solve all of her problems—like bullies, a haunted house, and psychopathic grandparents.

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  72. Name: Amanda Sage
    Title: ...In a Pear Tree
    Genre: Humorous MG fantasy

    After a winged turtle plummets out of the sky and hits 13-year-old Summer in the head, she is drawn into a quest to save Christmas with a Jewish elf, a snarky fairy, and a kleptomaniac reindeer, following a prophecy that resembles "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and was written by a French hen.

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  73. Ignore the comment counter! Still four spaces left!

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  75. Title: Jane Unwrapped
    Name: Leah and Kate Rooper
    Genre: YA


    Dead Jane's body is donated to science and turned into the first modern day mummy, she wakes up in the Egyptian afterlife to find it's not a myth after all.

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  76. NAME: Tessa Devan
    TITLE: Beanblossom Versus Bombastic Bandits
    GENRE: MG Mystery

    If twelve-year-old Jacob Beanblossom finds hidden treasure before two grownup crooks do, he'll collect a hefty reward and start middle school being known as the boy who recovered a long-lost fortune instead of the kid who could fart on command.

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  77. Name: Mark Cavner
    Title: Welcome to Donnegal
    Genre: MG

    When Kate Kelly witnesses a carnivorous desk devouring a student, she knows there’s something weird about her new school.

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  78. Name: Carter Higgins
    Title: A Rambler Steals Home
    Genre: MG Contemporary

    Derby's fractured family rolls their food truck to the Rockskippers' minor league baseball stadium each summer, but since Franklin Mattingly, the beloved head groundskeeper, has died since last season, she and Franklin's widow June need each other to lay down some new roots.

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