9. THIRTEEN O’CLOCK – Middle Grade Light Science Fiction

Assorted_Uzi_Water_Guns_lgMentor Name: Juliana Brandt

Mentee Name: Stacy Hackney


Category: Middle Grade

Genre: Light Science Fiction

Word Count: 52,000


Twelve-year-old Emmaline doesn’t need help, not from anyone. But when a dangerous criminal uncovers a thirteenth hour hidden in each afternoon and uses it to rob the town, Emmaline can’t stop him alone. She’ll need her annoying twin brother, and every spare minute she can find, to save her home.


Emmaline Fable stared down the biggest crook in three counties. Her heart thundered against her rib cage, but not from fear––heck no. As a fighter for justice, a herald for truth, an investigative power the likes of which the town of Lullaby had never seen, she owed her readers the truth. She tapped the ultimate weapon––her pencil––against the notebook clutched in her hand and waited.

“Can you repeat the question?” A drop of sweat trickled down his flushed face and plopped onto his frayed coveralls. The name Jerry curled in white embroidery below his left shoulder.

Without blinking, Emmaline leaned forward; clearly she was on the right track. He was sweating and he’d asked her to repeat the question. Classic avoidance tactics. Perfect. The fact that it was ninety-two degrees outside was beside the point.

“Sure I’ll repeat the question, Jerry … if that’s even your real name,” Emmaline said.

He scrunched up his forehead.

Emmaline narrowed her unblinking, but now watering, eyes. “The question––did you get paid for each one of these so-called repair calls?”

Jerry ducked behind the furnace on the side of the Simpkins’ house. “Are you working on a school report or something?” His voice echoed through the metal fan blades.

“No, I’m not working on a school report. It’s summer vacation. For your information, I’m a reporter and I’m working on an article. A very big article,” Emmaline said.

If he started shaking in his tennis shoes, she wouldn’t be a bit surprised.


Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. Hi Stacy–this sounds great! I’d love to see more. Could you please send your first 50 pages to query@newleafliterary.com as an attachment, with the subject line Pitch Wars Request–Danielle? Thanks!

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  2. Hi Stacy! I’d love to read more. Please send the first 50 pgs. to query[at]newleafliterary[dot]com, with the subject line: PITCH WARS REQUEST – JAIDA.

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  3. I’d love to see this – please send first 3 chapters my way!

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  4. I LOVE this girl, and I’d love to see the first three chapters! Send in an attachment with a query in the body of an email to laura@redsofaliterary.com.

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  5. Hi Stacy! I’d love to read more! Please send your first 100 pages to me as a Word document at amanda[at]LMQlit[dot]com.

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  6. Hi Stacy,
    Please send the complete manuscript as an MS Word attachment to uwe@triadaus.com
    Please also include the query and type “PITCHWARS Request” in your subject line. Looking forward to reading.
    All best,

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  7. Hi Juliana!

    I’d love to see more of your book! Would you send the complete manuscript and a synopsis to kidsqueries@thebentagency.com. Please add PITCHWARS to the subject line.

    Many thanks, I look forward to reading!
    Best, Susan

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  8. Hi Stacy,

    All I can say is: LOVE. This voice has me entirely hooked. Could you please send your query letter, synopsis, and first 10 pages to querylaurie(at)fuseliterary(dot)com? Please make sure to include the subject “Pitch Wars: THIRTEEN O’CLOCK” so I remember to give this priority. And to clarify, I am Laurie McLean’s assistant and am requesting this on her behalf, so go ahead and address the materials to her.

    Thank you so much!
    Laura Cummings

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  9. Hi Stacy –

    I’d love to read this full manuscript. Can you send it attached as word document to: rena(at)thedeborahharrisagency(dot)com – and please reference PITCHWARS in the subject line.


    – Rena

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