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Avione Lee
Mentored by:
Shakirah Bourne
Book Title:
2019 Entries
#POC Fantasy
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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.



Min H. Wickford is the kind of child that stayed in trouble; due to no cause of his own, in case you were wondering.

Just this morning, he already ran ten laps around the school for not saluting his commanding officer straight after waking up. He did fifty rope climbs for not having his bed dressings pulled tight enough for a penny to pop off of them. And the crease of his pants was not sharp enough to cut something, which led to him missing his morning breakfast as he straightened them out.

Now, right this moment, while marching at attention in his military school parade, he had to break form more than once to dodge several flying objects from the air, which made his commanding officer turn blue in the face with rage. If it weren’t for all the parents there, Min was sure he would explode blueberry ooze and force him to clean it all up. But the birds, not caring about Min’s blue commanding officer at all, kept pelting gifts at him.

Tiny gifts of candy.

Now, you may think that getting candy hurled at him, by birds of all things, would be strange to Min, but strange things always happened on his birthday…

12 responses to “PW2019 MG #13: PIED: MIN AND THE PERILOUS PIPE (#POC Fantasy)”

  1. Natascha Morris says:

    This sounds so amazing! And the voice perfect for these comps. I would love to see the rest of the pages. Avione, if you wouldn’t mind, please upload to QueryMe.online/natascha/PitchWars. I can’t wait to see the rest of Min’s adventures!

    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  2. John Cusick says:

    This has hooked me! I’d like to see more, please. Could you send a query and ten pages to john [@] foliolit.com? Looking forward to connecting.

  3. Jennifer Mattson says:

    Dear Avione,
    I love the concept of a Pied Piper reboot, and I’m always fascinated by military school settings, so this excerpt got me on two levels. I would be happy to look at the full manuscript. If you’d like to share it with me, please send to jmatt[@]andreabrownlit.com via email attachment, with subject line that includes the phrase Pitch Wars Request.

    Note, if one of my colleagues at Andrea Brown Literary Agency has also requested the manuscript, please choose just one of us, but note the other requester in your submission.

    Thanks very much, and best of luck with all!

    Jennifer Mattson, Agent
    Andrea Brown Literary Agency

  4. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Avione,

    This sounds like so much fun, I’d love to read more! Could you please send a query and the full manuscript to ebauman@aevitascreative.com, and put “Pitch Wars” in the subject line?

    Looking forward!


  5. Beth Phelan says:

    very intriguing!

    please send the first 50 pages (word doc) to querybeth@galltzacker.com with your query letter in the body of the email and “pitch wars” in the subject line. looking forward to reading!

    <3 beth

  6. Peter Knapp says:

    Hi Avione,

    This sounds wonderful – I’d love to keep reading! Can you please send the full manuscript to queries@parkfine.com attached as a Word document, along with a 1-3 (or so) page synopsis if available (in the same document as the MS or attached as a separate doc is fine)? Please include a query letter in the body of the email and put “PitchWars Submission – Pete Knapp” in the subject of the email. Thanks so much for the opportunity, and I look forward to reading!

    With warm regards,

    Pete Knapp
    Park & Fine Literary and Media

  7. Katherine Wessbecher says:

    Why are the birds pelting Min with candy, Avione??????? I need to know! Please send the full manuscript to katherine (at) bradfordlit (dot) com. Thank you!

  8. Karly Caserza says:

    Please query me at QueryMe.online/Karly/, place “PitchWars Request” before your title, and I’ll request a full upon receiving it.

    Excited to read. Thank you

  9. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Avione,

    This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to see more. If you’d like, please send the first 25-30 pages to QueryMe.online/1325/PitchWars. Thanks and I hope to hear from you!

    Karyn Fischer

  10. Zabé Ellor says:

    I love the voice and the sense of whimsy you’ve crafted here, and I’m looking forward to reading more!

    Please send the query and synopsis (in the body of an email), and full manuscript (as an attachment) to zrellor . books @ gmail . com. I’m looking forward to diving in!

  11. Laurel Symonds says:

    Hi! I’d love to see this. Please send a query and 25 pages to symondsqueries@thebentagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. I’m looking forward to reading more!

  12. Heather Cashman says:

    Hi, Avione! I’d love to read more about Min! If you think we’d be a good fit, please query me at http://QueryMe.Online/HeatherCashman and I’ll respond soon with a full request so you can upload the file. Thanks!