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

PW2019 MG #02: THE SUPERNATURAL FILES OF CJ DELANEY (Mystery Adventure with Magical Elements)

#OwnVoices LOIS LANE meets BUFFY.  The pets of Galahad, Ohio are going missing, and eleven-year-old ace reporter CJ just has to get the big scoop before her archrival Bix Jr.  But hard-hitting news isn’t for softies: to save the pets and get her byline, CJ takes on a bloodthirsty goddess, a spellbound henchman, and a wily witch who isn’t what she seems.  Still, that’s easy peasy compared to getting her exclusive without tipping off Galahad’s police chief: her Dad.

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PW2019 MG #03: VICKY NABATANZI AND THE RISE OF THREE (#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy)

PERCY JACKSON X CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE Vicky returns to her birth country Uganda, looking forward to eating matooke and spending time with family friends. Instead, she finds a haunted tree, bickering ancestors, and a vague prophecy that implies she and her cousins will confront the god of death. Now they must decipher the prophecy and discover powers they never dreamed they had--and fast. The future of the world depends on it.

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PW2019 MG #04: TOGETHER HOLDS THE SKY (Contemporary Fantasy)

12-year-old Peony is keeping a big secret from her best friends: her parents lost their jobs, and the house is next. When she’s given a magical book that could hold the key to her family’s happiness, she’ll need to read between its lines or risk losing not only her home, but her friendships, too.

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PW2019 MG #05: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DYLAN DEARBORN (Contemporary)

THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF COYOTE SUNRISE x ALL THE GREYS ON GREENE STREET. 12-year-old Will and his older brother are best friends until Dylan relapses into drug use and disappears for the zillionth time. When their parents say Dylan is dangerous, and that they finally have to cut him off, Will is determined. In order to prove his brother is the gentle soul he knows him to be, he must do what the cops couldn't: find Dylan.

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PW2019 MG #06: DOWN THE RIVER (#OwnVoices LGBTQ Contemporary)

Best friends Aubrey and Joel have spent most of sixth grade planning to run away. It’s just a game, Aubrey figures—a distraction from Joel’s bullies and Aubrey’s gnawing feeling that Aubrey might not be the gender everyone assumes. But when Joel disappears for real, Aubrey treks after him on a journey that might push Aubrey to finally acknowledge what they've been scared of: they’re nonbinary.

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PW2019 MG #07: MURPH MEETS A DEMON (Contemporary Fantasy – Urban Fantasy)

Twelve-year-old Audra “Murph” Murphy always thought she’d grow up to work in the family antique store, but then she learns about the other family business. For centuries, the Murphy Women have hunted demons, banishing them to a prison sealed by twelve magical stones. When a shoplifter steals one of the twelve, Murph must get it back before the missing stone ends up the hands of a demon determined to set the prisoners free. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets THE MORTIFICATION OF FOVEA MUNSON.

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PW2019 MG #08: MIST AND THE WILD HUNT (#OwnVoices Historical Fantasy with Illustrations)

When 12yo nonbinary changeling Mist and their mortal friend Zarita accidentally capture pixies on film, they must "prove" the photos are fake or face the wrath of the Fairy Queen. Cottingley Fairies meets MG Cruel Prince.

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PW2019 MG #09: GOLNICK AND KIRA SEARCH FOR A HEALER (BUT GET A BIT SIDETRACKED) (Fantasy Adventure)

No one’s foolish enough to volunteer for the ridiculously treacherous healer-fetching mission that could save the beloved, ailing Grand Commander. Enter Golnick the Agreeable: exuberant singer, extreme optimist, failed dragon-slayer. Namely, the perfect candidate to complete a fool’s errand. Pity about the sabotage, though. ADVENTURER’S GUIDE meets ELF.  

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PW2019 MG #10: SHAD HADID AND THE ALCHEMISTS OF ALEXANDRIA (Contemporary Fantasy #OwnVoices)

Twelve-year-old Shad enrolls in a school for alchemy, expecting to mix elixirs and craft charms. Instead, he arrives to find a mysterious group has seized control, banning alchemy from the curriculum. To save alchemy from being lost forever, he’ll need to fight back, even if it means teaming up with the one person he fears most―his school bully. The friendship and fantasy of Sal & Gabi, with an Arab twist.

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PW2019 MG #11: ISLAND OF PAPER HEARTS (Gothic)

With loss comes longing. With trust comes betrayal. And with the black-haired boy comes a choice: Beatrix can stay with her loving found-family in dreary post-war Durnham, or sail away with him to find her long-lost mother, never to return. Beatrix isn’t sure she should trust him—until he shows her a paper cutting only her mother could have created. SPLENDORS & GLOOMS + BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA.

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PW2019 MG #12: LEMON DROP FALLS (Contemporary)

Mom's last words: Keep them safe. Help them be happy.

Morgan promised, so she sacrifices soccer, free time, and friendships for her younger siblings. But when Dad's "talk therapy" campout ignites Morgan's anxiety, she makes a reckless decision to prove she can fill Mom's shoes . . . which leaves her literally fighting for survival.

CATERPILLAR SUMMER x THING ABOUT JELLYFISH

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PW2019 MG #13: PIED: MIN AND THE PERILOUS PIPE (#POC Fantasy)

A BROTHERS GRIMM meets NEVERMOOR musical adventure. 11 year-old Min discovers he is a Piper when he plays a melody that puts everyone at his military school into a magical nap. But he’s not just a Piper–he is Pied–Pipers who are vilified in the Piper world, and targeted by wild wolves. His best chance of protection? Getting accepted into an exclusive Piper Academy. He’s forced to hide his pied identity while mastering his new powers in a series of trials.

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PW2019 MG #14: BACKWATER GUMSHOE (Humorous Mystery)

After her parents' recent divorce, Shoes McIvey, the eleven-year-old Private Investigator Extraordinaire, will do anything to keep her 100% case-cracking record intact. But when the money needed to save the Florida Keys sea-turtle hospital is stolen, Shoes discovers her father isn’t the only life-ruining kumquat in her inner-circle and justice isn’t always as easy as pointing fingers at your sworn enemies. THREE TIMES LUCKY & TURTLE IN PARADISE hang with DOLPHIN TALE

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PW2019 MG #15: PENELOPE’S PECULIAR PRESIDENTIAL PREDICAMENT (LGBTQ Contemporary #OwnVoices)

President Penelope Pennington has a nice ring to it. But the PTA doesn’t want a transgender sixth grade class president - they’ve circulated a petition to keep her off the ballot. Even with cupcakes, posters, and getting rid of sporks, she can’t win if she can’t run! And she’s got to win to ensure every kid in school feels like they can succeed - especially kids like her.

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PW2019 MG #16: THE CLOCKWORK STAR (Fantasy)

After getting caught being deceitful, young servant Christa is cursed to lie when she means the truth and tell the truth when she means to lie. But that won’t keep her from her dreams of airship adventures, especially when the Clockwork Star arrives in town. Christa runs away and boards the ship in disguise, only to become a suspect when someone tries to kill the king. To maintain her innocence and stay aboard, Christa must beat her curse and catch the assassin—before they strike again.

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