#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.
Rival gangs turn new skatepark into battlefield
That’s the headline I wanted to write.
I sighed, pecked at my keyboard and wrote the truth instead:
New skatepark opens this Saturday
Blah. Blah. Blah.
“CJ, when you’ve finished writing your article, step into my office.” My grandmother stood in her doorway holding a couple of sheets of notebook paper. Even though it was almost the end of the day, she looked as cool and crisp as ever. With her curly silver hair, glowing caramel skin and slim figure in slacks and a pretty blue blouse, I could picture the top journalist she’d been 30 years ago.
“Right!” I said, perking up. I recognized the papers in her hand. They were mine, and full of some of the best ideas I’d had yet for helping my grandmother turn the Galahad Guardian into a newspaper that would get noticed. Maybe even win it a Pulitzer Prize, like the Daily Breeze in California. After all, that was a small paper too, with only seven reporters and a circulation of 63,000.
Of course, the Guardian was even tinier than that, but the California paper didn’t have my grandmother, Countess Jewel “Conti” Delaney, running the show. And it also didn’t have Conti’s secret weapon: her granddaughter, Countess Jewel Delaney II.
That is, yours truly.