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PW2020 MG #12: BINYAMEEN AND THE SWIFTS (Contemporary Fantasy #OwnVoices)
Mentee:
Sarah Whitcher
Mentored by:
Adrianna Cuevas and Sarah Kapit
Book Title:
BINYAMEEN AND THE SWIFTS
Category:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Contemporary Fantasy #ownvoices
Word Count:
50,000

Pitch:

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.

 

Excerpt:

Binyameen didn’t notice the magic at first. As he sat on the side entrance steps of Chapman School he tried to keep himself from thinking too much, knowing that his thoughts would turn to his dad. Instead, he buried his nose in his Spider-Man comic and waited for his friend Sami to arrive.

“Did you find it?” A tiny boy with wheat-colored hair leaned over the pages until his nose was inches away from Binyameen’s head.

Binyameen closed the book, keeping his page with his thumb, and grinned up at the boy. “Of course I did, Liam.” 

He set down his comic and reached into his backpack to pull out a teddy bear with matted fur, brown from dust. As Liam grabbed for the bear, Binyameen held out his hand for payment. Liam took a large bag of M&Ms from his pocket and dropped it into the open hand. Then he snatched the teddy bear and hugged it against his chest.

“Thank you so much!” he cried. “Where did you find him?”

“By the stairs, on the soccer field.”

“But I checked all over the stairs! He must have fallen behind something.”

It had. Binyameen had found the bear wedged so far under the bush he had to reach his arm up to his shoulder into the bush to get it. 

 But this part he couldn’t explain. The prickling feeling at the back of his skull.

He just knew it would be there.

13 responses to “PW2020 MG #12: BINYAMEEN AND THE SWIFTS (Contemporary Fantasy #OwnVoices)”

  1. Renae Moore says:

    Please send your query, synopsis, and first two chapters of your book using the following link: QueryManager.com/renae/PitchWars
    Please feel free to apply to more than one agent at Tobias simultaneously. We will handle multiple submissions on our end.

  2. Rick Richter says:

    Hello Sarah! I’m super excited by this project and would love to read more! Could you please send a full manuscript to rrichter@aevitascreative.com and cc my assistant at cmarsiglia@aevtiascreative.com. Please include ‘Pitch Wars’ somewhere in the title. Thank you!

  3. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there! I’d love to take a closer look at the first 50 pages! Please send them attached as a word document to: rena (at) dhliterary (dot) com

    Thanks!

    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  4. Paige Wheeler says:

    Thank you for your participation in Pitch Wars. I found your project intriguing and would very much like to see the first two chapters of the manuscript. Please email me at paige@cmalit.com the following attachments in Microsoft Word format (not PDF):
     
    1. the first two chapters,
    2. a synopsis of your project,
    3. a short bio including any previous publications.
     
    To expedite the review process, please use “requested material-pitch wars” as the subject heading of your email.
     
    As a professional courtesy, please let me know if any other agents are considering your work. Also, if you do get an offer, please contact me so that I may be able to review and respond accordingly.

    I look forward to reading your work!
     
    Kind regards,
     
    Paige Wheeler 
    paige@cmalit.com

  5. Tamar Rydzinski says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I would love to read your manuscript! Please send the whole thing to querytamar@contextlit.com, making sure to write “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line.

    Looking forward,
    Tamar

  6. Carlisle Webber says:

    I would like to see this. Please send your query letter and the full manuscript to carlisle @ fuseliterary .com with the subject PitchWars Requested Material: TITLE.

    If you get a request from more than one agent at Fuse, please choose one of us to send your work to; we don’t compete with each other for manuscripts.

    Thank you! I look forward to reading your book.

  7. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to see this one! Please email the full ms to slandis@sll.com. Best, Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

  8. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Sarah! This sounds so fun, and I enjoyed the short snippet above. I’d love to see the full manuscript! If you’d like, please feel free to query me at QueryManager.com/KarynFischer/PitchWars. Thanks so much and I look forward to reading!

  9. Em Lysaght says:

    Hi Sarah, I would love to see more material for this project! If you would like to submit to me, please send me your query letter, synopsis, and first 3 chapters/50 pages (whichever is longer) at the following link: QueryManager.com/emlysaght/Pitchwars2020

  10. Suzie Townsend says:

    H! I’d love to see this! What a great last line. Please send the manuscript with the query pasted into the first page to Suzie(at)newleafliterary(dot)com. Put REQUESTED-PITCH WARS in the subject line.

  11. Cindy Uh says:

    Sarah,
    I can’t wait to continue reading. Please send the first 100 pages as an attachment to cindy.uh@caa.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. If you are submitting to more than one agent at CAA, if you could just make note of it, that would be great.
    Looking forward to seeing what happens next!
    Warmly,
    Cindy Uh

  12. Roseanne Wells says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Oooh, this sounds good! Sharp business skills paired with supernatural abilities–I definitely want to keep reading Binyameen’s story! Please send the full manuscript and a synopsis as doc or docx attachments to queryroseanne@gmail.com with Query: #Pitchwars and the title in the subject line. I’m excited to read!

    Best,

    Roseanne

  13. Tori Sharp says:

    I’d love to read more of this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to tori.jdlit@gmail.com and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line.