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PW 2019 Middle Grade Entries

Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021. The Showcase site will undergo scheduled maintenance on February 11 and February 12 from 3 – 4 a.m. ET. Please do not make any requests at that time.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

PW2019 MG #17: NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDE (Contemporary Fantasy)

Twelve-year-old Ivy loves acting but has panic attacks whenever she tries to perform on stage. When her recently deceased cousin starts offering encouragement from beyond the grave, Ivy must decide whether to follow the ghostly guidance or give up her dream of starring in the school play. GHOSTS x UMBRELLA SUMMER.

PW2019 MG #18: THE FUTURE STRIKES BACK (Contemporary Science Fiction)

An anxious, asthmatic boy gets recruited by a girl from the future to launch a climate strike big enough to rewrite history.