UPPER MG FANTASY
Speck Hawkins, the quiet kid labeled worthless nerd
by everyone who matters, is more than ready for a fresh start. He gets
exactly that when he transfers to Lorincaut Academy, a prestigious
boarding school with unusual teaching methods. Armed with a plan—speak
up, ditch the nerdwear, and never eat alone—he expects to remake himself within the first month.
What he doesn't expect?
The creepy lake, where his good luck rock dissolves to ash before his eyes.
His sudden, inexplicable development of 20/20 vision.
The blood-red note with his name erratically scrawled on it, sent by someone who claims she can make his every wish come true.
That the life he's always wanted comes with a deadly price.
HAWKINS is an upper middle-grade fantasy novel with series potential. I
live in Austin, Texas, where I spend my days reading, writing, drinking
lattes, and eating entirely too much cheese and chocolate (not at the
same time, though)(usually).
FIRST 150 WORDS:
Hawkins fumbled in the weeds for his thick, black-rimmed glasses. He
slid the heavy frames up his nose, as he’d done every day for years,
only to discover he no longer needed them. Blurred through the lenses,
sunny yellow splotches appeared all over the lake, bright spots against
dark water. He yanked the glasses from his face.
Without them, he saw with perfect clarity: marigolds.
Ten flowers floated on the water; ten more bobbed up from below the
silver-gray surface. They lingered there, floating like dead fish in a
stagnant pond, until suddenly they began to deteriorate. The petals, the
stems—one by one, they shriveled to ash and faded into the lake, until
every last flower was gone. A chill turned his arm hairs to frayed
wires. No birds chirped, no leaves rustled, no wind howled under the
heavy gray clouds; there was only silence, thick and deafening.