Dear Ms. Crowe,
I loved meeting you and hearing your presentations and panels at the LDStorymakers conference in Salt Lake City in May. I met with you during a pitch session and we talked about my upper middle grade novel, THROUGH THE BOMB’S BREATH, a post-apocalyptic adventure complete at 60,000 words. You requested that I send you the full manuscript.
Thirteen-year-old Hope Toriella lives in a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of WWIII that wiped out nearly all the earth’s population. Inventing has made life possible in White Rock, and it’s how the town views a person’s worth. But Hope would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath— the deadly band of compressed air that covers their valley— than fail at yet another invention. The town is filled with excellent inventors; they even invented Ameiphus, the medicine that cures the deadly Shadel’s Sickness that has run rampant since the bombs.
When bandits not only discover White Rock has the cure for the sickness, but find a way into their protected valley, they invade. With a two day deadline to finish making this year’s batch of Ameiphus and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from Shadel’s over the next year, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope realizes that she and a couple of friends might be the only ones who can leave to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb’s Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. Inventing won’t help her make it through alive, but the daring and recklessness that usually gets her into trouble just might.
I am a member of SCBWI and have a successful blog where I post every weekday at www.peggyeddleman.blogspot.com. My manuscript is currently being looked at by another agent. I am very grateful for your time and consideration and look forward to hearing from you.