Thank you for judging this contest! BROTHERS INCORPORATED is a MG novel, complete at 46,000 words.
Tyrell Kobayashi’s runaway imagination convinces him he’s about to win the fifth-grade Invention Challenge, but his dream pops when the judge picks another student’s entry. After Tyrell throws away his crazy drawings in disgust, his uncle Jim secretly salvages them and builds a working prototype as a present.
Tyrell’s invention, a Rubik’s Cube-like gizmo with a secret internal compartment, generates a huge buzz at his school. Tyrell, uncle Jim, and two friends decide to start a company to make the product, borrowing heavily to finance the mountain of expenses. They land a meeting with the judge of the Invention Challenge, who’s the president of a major toy company.
The president loves the prototype and starts partnership discussions to manufacture and sell the toy. But eight weeks later, he abruptly cuts off negotiations without explanation, and stops returning phone calls. Soon afterward, Tyrell struggles to breathe when he sees mass-produced copies of his invention at a toy store.
Tyrell and Jim must find a way to prevail over an unethical businessman and his deep-pocketed company, or lose everything they have and more. How far are they willing to go?
BROTHERS INCORPORATED is a completed MG novel at 46,000 words. I believe it will appeal to fans of Frindle, Danny: Champion of the World, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
As for me, I’m a crossword puzzle constructor published in the NY and LA Times, holder of eight
Tyrell Kobayashi sat in the roasting-hot
Principal Blockard stood on the elevated stage behind a rickety podium, and crinkled a sheet of paper. She cleared her throat and said, “Third place goes to…”
Tyrell balanced on the front edge of his metal folding chair, his heart pounding so hard it threatened to hammer its way out of his rib cage. He crossed his fingers so hard he could almost hear them break into a hundred pieces each. Wait, he thought. Unbreakable bones, now THAT would be a cool invention! An uncrackable skeleton would make you a real-life superhero! You’d be more undestructible than Superman! More unvincible than Batman! More unvulnerable than…
“Andre Brown,” said the principal. A small group of people exploded in whoops and hollers around a short, sweaty boy in the back left corner. A light smattering of applause trickled through the room, deadened by the sweltering summer day’s blanket of stagnant air.
Tyrell slumped down in his chair. He didn’t think it was possible for his heart to beat even harder than before, but there it was, thumping a thousand miles an hour. What just happened? Surely Ms. Blockard had meant to say, “Tyrell Kobayashi, the dictionary called and they want to show your invention under the word ‘aweshakening’! We’re going to feed you grapes and fan your face like one of those lazy old sheet-wearing fatsos from like a hundred years ago! You’re going to be a billionaire, so your mom and you won’t have to move next year back to Braxtonville, where everyone hates people like you!”