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Middle Grade

Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021. The Showcase site will undergo scheduled maintenance on February 11 and February 12 from 3 – 4 a.m. ET. Please do not make any requests at that time.

PW2020 MG #01: ANIKA PATEL AND THE BEASTLY BAKERY (#OwnVoices Urban Fantasy)

Diaspora Desi girl, Anika, is excited to finally practice magic while visiting Gujarat…Until she learns she’s the descendant of a malevolent demigod. Because of her evil cousin’s delectable and cursed desserts draining townspeople’s life energy, wicked Grandma will soon escape from magic prison. Now, Anika must battle deities, monsters, and powerful beings from Indian mythology to save her parent’s souls and prevent the world from falling into chaos.

THE SERPENT’S SECRET x RACE TO THE SUN

PW2020 MG #02: WUNDER CEMETERY (Paranormal Fantasy – #OwnVoices Epistolary)

GHOST SQUAD meets THE TAPPER TWINS
Estranged cousins Ophelia (11) and Caroline (9) are duty-bound to protect their family's haunted funeral home & cemetery. And now, the ghosts are in danger! An evil medium wants to consume all the souls, living & dead. To stop her, they must unravel the secrets hidden within their shared journal.

PW2020 MG #03: STOLEN BY THE FLOOD (Sci-Fi Mystery)

SERAFINA x SHIP BREAKER: 

In a future California scorched by climate change, 13-year-old Lula’s floating village endures a deadly flash flood every year. When the shackle that keeps her houseboat tethered is stolen moments before the surge, Lula dives in to replace it—only to be swept away. She survives, barely. But the missing shackle means someone tried to kill her. To find the culprit, she teams up with her rival to unearth devastating secrets about her family and the world outside their canyon—secrets that could destroy her village forever. 

PW2020 MG #04: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE BELT BUCKLE (Contemporary Adventure)

Twelve-year-old Lucy is convinced Grandpa’s emerald belt buckle is evil—just like the ring in their favorite book, The Lord of the Rings. When the buckle came into her family’s life, it caused a terrible rift, and since Grandpa’s death, everyone keeps fighting over it. Determined to save her family, Lucy sneaks off on a 300-mile, volcano-bound quest to destroy the buckle.

PW2020 MG #05: TURTLES OF THE MOON (MG Eco-Mystery with STEM and Magical Elements, #OwnVoices)

Barana’s magical connection to sea turtles makes her life as the invisible middle child in her Honduran family almost bearable. Abby is a photography-obsessed American loner who can’t wait for the end of sixth grade. When poachers threaten Barana’s village after a devastating storm, she thinks she’s the only one who cares until fate brings Abby to Honduras. The girls reluctantly join forces to stop the thieves, which will either forge a lifelong friendship or cost them their lives. HOOT + THE WATER BEARS

PW2020 MG #06: SELAH’S GUIDE TO NORMAL (Verse #OwnVoices)

Selah has autism and sensory hypersensitivity, but she's always followed her “rules for being normal”: keep feelings inside, don’t be weird. When she hits a classmate who repeatedly invades her personal space, Selah must re-evaluate her rules and advocate for herself through poetry, or risk expulsion from the school she loves.

PW2020 MG #07: CHILDREN WHO COME AND GO (#OwnVoices Afrofantasy)

MATILDA X TRISTAN STRONG. Sick of being shunned as an evil ogbanje for her freakish memory, Adia Kelbara can’t wait to start her apprenticeship at the Academy of Shamans. When an actual ogbanje—a soul-possessing demon—threatens the empire, she must ally with snarky gods and new friends to fight it, even as her brilliant mind is the ogbanje’s next target.

PW2020 MG #08: INDIGO AND IDA (Upper MG Contemporary #OwnVoices)

Seventh-grade journalist Indigo vlogs hard-hitting stories about her school while running for student council president. Emulating her journalist idol Ida B. Wells, she exposes the school’s racist discipline practice, but her report turns many classmates against her—including her former BFFs. Now she must choose—rock the boat or rock the vote.

A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE x THE PARKER INHERITANCE 

PW2020 MG #09: JUNK JUNCTION (Horror #OwnVoices)

SMALL SPACES + DOLL BONES

Edi (12, non-binary) and their antique-dealer mom don't have much besides each other. When a vengeful ghost turns Mom into a mannequin, Edi races against time to defeat the ghost. They team up with a haunted doll and a young psychic who helps them find their confidence and supernatural abilities. If Edi fails, they’ll lose their mom and new friends, and unleash a murderous spirit upon an unsuspecting town.

PW2020 MG #10: HOPE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING ANYTHING (#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy)

Hope has to practice self-defense moves in secret. They’re one more thing on the “Not Now” list—all the things Mom won’t talk about. Things like Dad, Grandma, and Hope’s nightmares. But when Mom goes missing after Hope inherits an ancient book, Hope must brave her now all too real nightmares, figure out the book’s secrets and perfect her moves. If not, she’ll lose Mom forever.

PW2020 MG #11: THE STOLEN STORY SOCIETY (Fantasy)

Eleven-year-old Anna loves stories. On the eve of the Ukrainian New Year, she asks her grandmother for the most important story of all: the truth about what really happened to her mother. But before her grandmother can tell it, the story gets stolen. To get it back, Anna and her twin brother must work their way through a plot hole into the world of stories, accompanied by none other than the legendary witch, Baba Yaga. If she can’t defeat the leader of a society that runs on the power of stolen tales, she risks losing her grandmother’s stories, the last connection to her mother, forever. THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND with a Ukrainian twist.

PW2020 MG #12: BINYAMEEN AND THE SWIFTS (Contemporary Fantasy #OwnVoices)

THE WITCHES X LAST-LAST DAY OF SUMMER: When a local girl goes missing, 10-year-old Binyameen takes the case. The trouble is, no one but her brother remembers her. As more children go missing, Binyameen realizes that he must find the children and defeat a witch before he and his friends disappear too.

PW2020 MG #13: OLIVER JOLT IS NOT A YOUTUBE STAR (Contemporary)

YouTube x NO FIXED ADDRESS

12-year-old Oliver is camera shy and has plenty to hide—not exactly YouTube material. But with Dad out of work and his house on the line, Oliver quietly starts a YouTube channel. Success comes quickly until an honest mistake betrays a friend and threatens to unravel all his secrets.

PW2020 MG #14: ALAN AND DANIEL VS THE AZTEC WORLDS (Portal Fantasy)

PERCY JACKSON x COCO: When Alan and Daniel accidentally open portals with a magical map they got in an El Salvadoran bodega, they each get sent to a different realm of Aztec mythology. Now, they must find their way back to each other to save their family and stop the God of the Dead from spreading the wrath and suffering of the Underworld until it consumes everything.

PW2020 MG #15: OSCAR AND THE GHOSTS OF PARIS (Paranormal fantasy)

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK + Midnight in Paris. For fans of EVERLOST.

Twelve-year-old Oscar longs for a loving family. Instead, the young necromancer has a distant father, an overburdened aunt, and an endless sea of ghosts. When his insufferable Uncle George dies, Oscar and his BFF, a young ghost named Juan, travel to Paris—the hottest spot in after-death tourism—to find out where George has hidden his fortune. Without it, the already-delicate ties holding Oscar and his family together may finally break. Humor, scares, and emotion.

PW2020 MG #16: YOUNGER DAZE (#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy)

Chase is the popular kid. Malik, not so much. When their dads enter an age-reversing machine and morph into tweens, they're forced to team up. To restore their fathers' adulthood, Chase and Malik must decipher a 200-year-old journal and uncover an age-altering element. They team with Desha, an eyebrow raising survivalist. But emotional upheaval from their dad tagalongs and betrayal from an unexpected foe thwarts their plans. To change their dads back before it's too late, Chase and Malik must discover they’re stronger together than they are apart. NEW KID x 17 Again.

PW2020 MG #17: MARZIPAN AND MAXIPADS (Contemporary)

In this middle grade MOXIE, best friends Helen and Gracie prank their way through 8th grade until a stinky stunt lands them in the VP's office—again. As punishment, they're forced to join the Community Action Club. When an early period catches Helen unprepared, the girls team up with their nemesis to lobby for maxipads in every bathroom, but they can’t conform to her Type-A ways and the school board isn’t listening anyway. Now they must use their disruptive voices (crocheted uteruses, anyone?) to shake up the system before the VP and their parents separate them for good.