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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022. Please note that our Agent Showcase ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 14, 2022. Agents will not be able to leave comments requesting material after that time.
PW2021 MG #12: THE LIBRARY OF MONSTERS (Portuguese Fantasy Heist)
Sarah J. Mendonca
Mentored by:
Tracy Badua
Book Title:
Middle Grade
Portuguese Fantasy Heist
Word Count:


When the powerful Biblioteca de Monstros threatens her family’s struggling charm shop, twelve-year-old Rosa’s only option is joining a thief crew as a magical safecracker to steal from the Biblioteca itself. One problem: she’s not who the crew thinks she is. Rosa must learn to trust her magical abilities and her crew or risk losing her home, her livelihood, and her grandmother if their epic heist fails. 




There’s only one rule that a Vermelha must follow at all costs. Never go beastling trapping with a stuffy nose. – The Coelho Family Bestiary 


Rosa waited at the edge of the alleyway to the Spicy Chicken. She kept an eye on the street for any onlookers, but they were all too busy heading home after a hot summer day to take any notice of her or her beastling trap. She slipped down the grimy passageway towards the hidden door and knocked once. The owner, Encantador Pereira, opened the door and frowned at the empty alley behind her. 

“Did anyone see you?”

“I don’t think so,” said Rosa.  

She followed him through the busy kitchen, scorching from all the heat charms blasting at once. The cooks ignored her. Perhaps, thought Rosa, they hoped by ignoring her they’d avoid whatever lurked downstairs. If only they knew all the beastlings she’d almost been eaten by just that week. Pereira stopped in front of a door. Rosa noted the magical symbol on the lock, strange on something as bland as a cellar door. He touched the lock and it popped open.

“No use staring. You could watch me open it a thousand times and never learn its secrets. I thought Encantadora Coelho was coming tonight.” 

Rosa gripped the trap tighter. “She’s busy — nasty gloom rat infestation.”

31 responses to “PW2021 MG #12: THE LIBRARY OF MONSTERS (Portuguese Fantasy Heist)”

  1. Kurestin Armada says:

    Hello, and congrats on completing Pitch Wars! I absolutely love the world here already. Please do send the full manuscript + a synopsis attached as word docs to my attention at submissions (at) rootliterary (dot) com, with Pitch Wars in the subject line. If any of my colleagues also request, feel free to pick one of us or just mention us all and we’ll sort it on our end. Cheers, Kurestin Armada @ Root Literary

  2. Haley Casey says:

    Hi, Sarah. I have ALWAYS wanted an MG heist story, and your premise sounds more interesting than I could have ever imagined. If you’re willing, I would love to have the full manuscript, synopsis, and an author bio sent to me at haley@cmalit.com! As a note, if another agent at Creative Media Agency requests your work, please only send your materials to whichever agent you feel would be the best fit. (Though I hope it’s me, I hope even more sincerely that you make the best choice for you and the future of your writing.) Thanks! —Haley

  3. Caitlin White says:

    Hi Sarah! I’m Caitlin and I’m with Emerald City Literary Agency. OMG heists AND magic?? I’m in love. If you’re interested, I would adore for you to send me your query and full manuscript here: https://querymanager.com/query/caitlinwhite/PitchWars

    Please let me know if you get multiple requests from ECLA agents, and we will coordinate internally if one (or more!) of us falls in love with your manuscript.

  4. Paige Wheeler says:

    This looks wonderful! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please email me the first 50 pages and the synopsis to my email address, paige@cmalit.com. In the subject heading write “Requested MG from Pitchwars” and I’ll do my best to expedite it. Thank you!

  5. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to read more. Please send your query + full manuscript + synopsis to Lauren@triadaus.com, and put “PW Request” in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! ~Lauren Spieller

  6. Mollie Glick says:

    Hi Sarah,
    This sounds great! I’d love to take a look. Please upload your material to booksubmissions.caa.com with “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line.
    Best wishes,

  7. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Sarah! I’m so intrigued by this concept and opening scene. I’d love to read more!

    If you’d like to send the full manuscript my way, please upload it here: QueryManager.com/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021

    ​Alexandra Weiss (she/her)
    Azantian Literary Agency

  8. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to read this one! Could you email the full to slandis@sll.com? Thanks! -Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

  9. Natascha Morris says:

    Hello Sarah,

    I love a good library book! I would love to see more if you would like to send me the full: QueryManager.com/natascha/PitchWars And if another agent at The Tobias Literary Agency requests, feel free to pick the one you want to query.


  10. Marcy Posner says:

    Hi Sarah— I am so charmed by this girl, and the excerpt showcases excellent writing. Please send your full manuscript as an attachment with your query letter in the email body to marcy@foliolit.com. Make sure to put Pitch Wars in the subject line so I can find it easily! If you happen to receive requests from my other colleagues, please select the agent you are most interested in working with and send materials only to them.

  11. Jessica Errera says:

    Dear Sarah, I love any and all magical families so would love to read your full manuscript. Please send it (and your query and/or synopsis) via email to jerrera@janerotrosen.com. Excited to read more!

  12. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi Sarah,

    This sounds really fun and right up my alley. I’d love to see the full manuscript, if you are interested in sending it my way. You can submit the full here: QueryManager.com/evascalzo/PitchWars2022

    And if you want to know more about me, here’s a link to my website: http://www.evascalzo.com and my twitter handle is @evascalzo.

    Best of luck to you!

  13. Kristin Nelson says:

    Libraries, monsters, and an epic heist? You’ve got my attention! I’d love to read more. Please copy/paste your pitch or query letter as the first page of your manuscript, and then click on this link to submit:


    If you encounter any issues, please email query@nelsonagency.com and we will assist you. Thank you!

  14. Masha Gunic says:

    I would love to take a look at this! Please send me your query and full manuscript to masha@azantianlitagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Should anyone else from ALA request to see this, you can just send it to one of us at a time at your choice.

  15. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Sarah,

    This sounds AMAZING and unbelievably up my alley! I’d absolutely love to take a look at the full manuscript of THE LIBRARY OF MONSTERS. If you’re interested in submitting to me, please feel free to email me at tara@emliterary.com and mention Pitch Wars in the subject!

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency

  16. Saritza Hernandez says:

    This sounds so cool! I’d love to read the full! If you think we could be a good fit, please submit the materials via my QueryManager form here: QueryManager.com/Saritza/PitchWars

    If more than one ABLA agent has requested the pages, please let us know via the form and we’ll make sure to share.

    Looking forward to reading this one.


  17. Loads of fun in a short opening! I’d be happy to read more. Please send the first approx 10 pp (c & p into email) to me: greatriverliterary@gmail.com. Thanks!
    Mary Cummings

  18. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! Your pitch sounds amazing—you had me at fantasy heist! I’d love to have the chance to read the full manuscript. If you could please submit your query and materials using my Query Manager link: QueryManager.com/EricaBauman/PitchWars

    I’m looking forward to reading more!

    All my best,

  19. Peter Knapp says:

    This sounds great! I am already wondering what a gloom rat might be. I would love to read more. Can you please send the full manuscript attached as a Word document to queries@parkfine.com with “Pete Knapp – Pitch Wars – MG” in the subject of your email? Please include the query letter at the start of your Word document, and if available please also send a short synopsis (but no worries if not readily available). Thanks! I look forward to reading. All best, Pete Knapp / Park & Fine Literary and Media

  20. Hannah Andrade says:

    Hi Sarah! I absolutely LOVE the sound of this! Please please PLEASE send this my way! Can you please send the first 100 pages of this to me on my QueryManager (https://QueryManager.com/hannahandrade)? And don’t forget to put PitchWars in the subject line along with your project, because I definitely don’t want to miss this. I can’t wait to read it!

  21. Laurel Symonds says:

    Hello! I’d like to see more of this! If you’re interested, please send me your query + first 25 pages with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line to symondsqueries@thebentagency.com. (If more than one agent from The Bent Agency requests materials, feel free to send to all of us–just let us know. Thank you!) Looking forward to reading more!

  22. Michaela Whatnall says:

    I’m a sucker for a heist, and the world of this story sounds so cool! I would love the opportunity to consider this project. Please send a query and the first 50 pages as a Word document to me via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/michaelawhatnall/PitchWars2021 If you have any trouble using the link, you’re welcome to email me instead at mwhatnall@dystel.com.

    If you’ve received a request from more than one Dystel, Goderich & Bourret agent, please only submit to the agent here that you feel would be the best fit, and let that agent know about any other requests you received from our agency. Thank you!

  23. Laura Bradford says:

    GIVE ME ALL THE HEIST STORIES!! This sounds so fun–I love everything about it! Please send me the full manuscript and synopsis (as attachments) at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in your subject line.

    Can’t wait!
    Laura Bradford

    ***If you receive a request from more than one agent at Bradford Literary Agency, you are welcome to send to all agents who made the request, but just let us know when you send the material***

  24. Lydia Silver says:

    Dear Sarah,

    This is such a fun concept and opening – I just love a heist, and there’s something darkly funny about this that’s really appealing. If you’d like me to consider it further, please send your full manuscript to lydia@darleyanderson.com, along with a cover letter and synopsis.

    Thank you – and good luck with the showcase!


  25. Kari Sutherland says:

    This is very intriguing! I’d love to read more. If you think we’d be a good match, please send the full to me using the submission form: QueryManager.com/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form/PitchWars.

    Warm wishes,

  26. Becca Langton says:

    Hi Sarah

    This is such a fantastic opening – I’d love to read on! Please do query me through my email, becca@darleyanderson.com and include #Pitch Wars in the subject line. Darley Anderson is a well established global agency and I am so pleased to be building a US focussed list in a team that includes a Film and TV agent and a well experienced international rights team.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  27. Katie Grimm says:

    Dear Sarah,

    I would love to see more of Rosa and very intrigued by the Biblioteca de Monstros! If you think we’re a match, please send your query and full ms (as a Word doc) to dca@doncongdon.com with “PITCH WARS REQUEST” in the subject line. Thanks!

    Katie Grimm
    Don Congdon Associates

  28. Chelsea Eberly says:

    I love your premise here and would be thrilled to read your full manuscript! If you think we’d be a good fit, use the following link to submit the full Word doc:


    If another Greenhouse Literary agent also requests your work, please only send to one of us–whomever you feel is the right fit for your work.

    I hope to read more!

    All best,
    Chelsea Eberly

  29. Kelly Peterson says:

    Hi Sarah!

    I love your voice (I’m SUPER picky with MG!), and this is EXACTLY the type of plot I look for in fantasies! I’d love to read your full manuscript, if you wouldn’t mind sending it to me. This link will lead you to my Query Manager, where you can upload your query, synopsis, and full manuscript: QueryManager.com/KellyPeterson/PitchWars

    Wishing you the best of luck, and hoping to see your manuscript! =)

    Warm Regards,
    Kelly Peterson
    Rees Literary Agency

  30. Lee OBrien says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I would love to read this! Could you send the query and full MS to lee.queries@irenegoodman.com, with Pitch Wars in the subject line?

    If more than one IGLA agent requests your work, please only send to one of us at a time—if they pass, you’re welcome to reach out to another!


  31. Roseanne Wells says:

    Sarah! I love heists! I’d love to take a look. Please submit the full manuscript and a synopsis to querymanager.com/roseannewells/pitchrequest, and I’m excited to keep reading!