Monday, October 28, 2013

Trick or Treat K6- CHANCE

Title: Chance
Category: YA 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 67,000

Pitch: Growing up in Leeds, England, in the ominous years leading up to WWII, Eddie and Jimmy Ward never imagine Monopoly, their favorite childhood board game, could be pivotal to surviving the war. When Eddie is captured by the Nazis, Jimmy comes up with an ingenious idea to disguise prison escape tools as Monopoly game pieces. Jimmy hopes that these Monopoly games, which are distributed as part of care packages to prisoners of war right under the noses of the German guards, might give Eddie a chance to “get out of jail free.”

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why? After Eddie and I saw The Wizard of Oz, I knew brainless Eddie should be the Scarecrow for Halloween, and he thought I needed a little more courage so I should be the Lion. But even brains and courage can’t prepare us for the looming war because for that we’d need the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball! –Jimmy Ward 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)? The same way some adults slip toothbrushes and apples into Halloween treat bags, our main characters slip prison escape tools disguised as Monopoly pieces past unsuspecting Nazi guards. This delectable nugget of World War II history is no trick as it actually saved thousands of prisoners of war!

First 250 Words: 
With every stroke of my blue wax crayon, I tried to visualize what it would be like to live on the real “Boardwalk”—Packards and Lincolns kicking dust up as they rolled down the street, fashionably dressed men and women chattering as they bustled into shops. Papa had described it all to me many times. But in the summer of 1935, living at the foot of the Pennines, in Leeds, north of London, I had no shot of going to the real “Boardwalk.” I couldn’t even afford the fake “Boardwalk” with my fake Monopoly money.

Having just finished Year 6 of school and with my eleventh birthday approaching, I was ready to take on the world! But as an adventure, at least for this summer, imagining all the places on the American Monopoly board—Boardwalk, Baltic Avenue, Marvin Gardens—would have to suffice.

Papa was second in command to the managing director at Waddington, so he spent long hours deciding what card and board games to bring to market. Mama, always singing a new show tune, was absorbed in the excitement of the theater and frequently traveled to London, staying with family and catching the latest musical. This left my brother and me home alone for much of the summer. To Eddie’s dismay, Mama made him promise to keep a watchful eye on me. Eddie, who was four years older, had hoped to make his own mischief and not be stuck amusing me. But unlike Mama’s current musical fascination, Anything Goes, in our house it was “whatever Mama says goes”... and Eddie was stuck with me!

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