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2018 Middle Grade Entries

Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2020

MG #1: SHIMMER IN A BLUE SKY (Fantasy)

Winning a dragon race is 13yo Lani’s only chance to enter the forbidden land holding her kidnapped father. But to register for the race, she must unravel the curse that stole her magic and turned her beloved dragon, Orys, invisible. #ownvoices Taiwan-inspired Scorpio Races.

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MG #2: LACY AND THE BUTTERBEES (Fantasy)

11-year-old Lacy secretly runs a pastry company alone. When an orphanage moves next door, lonely Lacy must outsmart the mean matron to rescue three friends, even if it means risking her biggest secret of all. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Home Alone with girl power.

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MG #3: PATCHING HOLES (Contemporary Realism)

The beginning of summer vacation finds thirteen-year-old farm girl Blake Jensen managing acres of grief from a baby brother’s accidental drowning and Dad’s recent incarceration for drugs. When she chases trespassers off the property, she stumbles onto $8K Dad hid before going to prison. With strangers still creeping the farm, Blake must confront Dad to protect her mom and brother, and maybe begin patching the holes in her heart. For readers of SUMMERLOST + THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH.

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MG #4: DAISY FROM SCRATCH (Contemporary Novel-in-Verse)

Daisy’s dream of opening a bakery with her BFF crumbles when she’s diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Not that Kat cares, she’s too busy hanging out with sixth grade’s new queen bee. When Daisy develops an eating disorder that lands her in the hospital, she must decide whether to keep fighting for her old life, or start over from scratch.

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MG #5: THE SPACETACULAR ADVENTURES OF ALCORA T51984 (Sci-Fi with Illustrative and Epistolary Elements)

LOST IN SPACE meets HOME ALONE. All Alcora wants is to design bots. When her new-found family rips her away from her home planet and a bounty hunter’s sent after them, Alcora must choose. Abandon her dream…or her family.

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MG #6: REVERIE (Contemporary Fantasy)

THE LAND OF YESTERDAY meets CIRCUS MIRANDUS. Andrea enters Reverie—a circus built of dreams—to escape the pain of her brother Francis’s disappearance, never imagining that the circus is a prison in disguise. When she discovers that Francis may also be trapped inside, she must beat Reverie’s ringmaster at his twisted, magical game or be lost in Reverie’s nightmare forever.

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MG #7: JUSTICE AT THE ZOO (Mystery)

Ember, a clever young snake, must solve the mystery behind a zookeeper's death before the accused lion is executed, or else she'll become the lion's last meal. SHERLOCK HOLMES meets THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN.

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MG #8: ALL ABOUT THE RUSH (Contemporary LGBTQ)

Danger doesn’t scare 12-year-old Kiki--not living with her artist father on his houseboat does. In order to convince her adrenaline-fueled dad to let her stay with him, Kiki takes up glass-blowing, makes a new friend, and does everything she can to reach a 10.0 on her Rush Scale. But when her crush, Mayra, won’t tolerate Kiki’s risk-taking, Kiki needs to decide what’s most important.

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MG #9: TAKE BACK THE BLOCK (#OwnVoices Contemporary)

Wes would rather admire his sneaker collection than march in a protest with his activist parents. But the activism becomes personal when gentrification threatens his own neighborhood. Wes must find a way to save his community or he and his neighbors will be forced out of their homes for good.

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MG #10: SOMEWHERE IN A BETTER UNIVERSE (Contemporary)

Surviving seventh grade with Super Awkward Weirdo Syndrome—aka social anxiety—is tough enough before Brian lands in foster care on the Worst. Birthday. Ever. As Brian struggles, Ezra wants to help but he's hiding his Brian-crush. For both, opening up means risking rejection—or maybe discovering the best in each other, and in themselves.

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