When her best friend's house is threatened with foreclosure,
ten-year-old Annie Jenkins is full of ideas to save it: selling her appendix on
eBay, winning the lottery, facing down the bankers…anything to keep Jason from
Problem is, Jason's out-of-work dad blows up at the smallest
things. One little trip to the ER, and they're grounded from each other for two
weeks. Still, Annie is determined.
So when she tracks a lost treasure to Jason's backyard
(smack dab in their turkey pen), she's certain it's the answer to all their
problems. Now all she has to do is convince Jason to ignore his father's short
fuse and overcome her own paralyzing fear of turkeys. It should be a snap. But
when her plan goes terribly wrong, Annie discovers there are worse things than
your best friend moving away.
THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY FRIENDSHIP is a 41,000-word
contemporary middle grade novel about the stickiness of friendship. Fans of
Beverly Cleary's RAMONA and Megan Macdonald's JUDY MOODY will appreciate
I am an active member in an SCBWI-sponsored critique group,
and have a BA in English and an MA in French literature. Thank you for your
time and consideration on this multiple submission.
THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY FRIENDSHIP
Annie eavesdropped from the top of the stairs. Her brother
Matt and a friend droned on about healing plants for Boy Scouts. That'd keep
him out of her hair.
She tip-toed down the hall and peeked in her mom's room.
Busy with bills. And Kate was out of the house. Perfect.
Still, to be safe, she sneaked the phone into the hall
closet where her sister's faux fur parka would muffle the sound. She
speed-dialed 7 and let it ring once, then hung up and called again. Their
secret code. It rang twice before Jason answered.
"It's me." Annie was all business. "I've got
a body count."
Jason hedged. "I don't know. My parents are talking to
this lady, and…"
"Jason, you're ten.
Find a way. This is important." Without waiting for a response, she hung
Jason wouldn't find a way. Annie knew. She'd just have to go
to his house and get him, like usual.
After listening at the door for several seconds, she slipped
out of the closet and replaced the phone. Silently, she extracted the
pre-packed bag from under her bed then ran down the stairs.
"I'm going outside, Mom!" She bounded out of the
house before her mom could protest and ran smack into Kate.
"Watch it, squirt!"
For a split second, Annie thought she might escape her
sister's usual torment, until Kate's mouth twisted into a grin. "Where are
you going, anyway? To your boyfriend's?"