Dear Ms. Testerman,
I discovered kt literary through your blog, Daphne!. You
reeled me in with the shoes. However, it’s your explanations of what works in a
novel (or query) and what doesn’t that I find so valuable.
Lily Josephine Carter can’t wait to meet her first fairy-in
broad daylight, with a small crowd nearby (just until they know each other
better). Lily and her best friend since Kindergarten spend every recess hiding
piles of shiny stones to lure fairies to the playground. Two weeks into third
grade, her best friend doesn’t believe in fairies anymore; she likes unicorns
Lily makes a fairy trap so dazzling, it puts Barbie’s Dream
House to shame. She’s positive that one peek at a real fairy will get her best
friend back. After an unfortunate accident destroys her trap and knocks out her
first loose tooth (finally), Lily can’t face another day of school without her
Her older sister reluctantly offers to help her make a new
trap. With her baby tooth in hand, Lily knows exactly which fairy to trap
first. Daisy’s plan only uses string and super glue. Except, tooth fairies are
smarter than that.
After a near success (or failure as Daisy calls it), Lily
loses her fairy finding partner again. Turns out she’ll need the help of the
third grade nose picker, who just might be more of a hero than a nuisance.
FAIRY FINDERS is an 11,250 word, early middle grade novel.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Chapter 1: Lily Josephine Carter Hearts Fairies
Lily yanked Skylar behind their favorite oak tree on the
playground. The two girls kneeled behind the gnarled old trunk, knees touching.
Lily leaned in toward her best friend, “I found fairy
pictures in my mom’s closet yesterday,” she whispered.
Skylar nodded and twisted the hem of her skirt.
Lily grabbed her by the shoulders. “Not drawings, real
“The last section is taped shut and it says ‘beware,’” Lily
said in a spooky voice.
“What was in it?” Skylar asked, breathless.
“I was hiding under the clothes with a flashlight. That’s
not a good place for reading secret pages."
Skylar eased back and sighed.
“I was alone,” Lily repeated, “but I snuck a picture to show
She pulled out a grainy black and white photo from her back
pocket. Skylar snatched it away and smoothed it across her lap. “Wow. The wings
look like spiderwebs,” Skylar said, tracing the shape of the wispy wings.
“I know,” Lily squealed. “Some look like dragonfly wings and
some have feathers like birds.” She pulled another piece of paper from her
This time Skylar squealed. “You brought me one, too!”
“Rose made you a copy.”
Skylar touched one of the web-like wings, accidentally
smudging the tip. Even the tiny nose and lips were drawn perfectly. “Wish I
could draw like this.”
Lily nodded. Rose was Lily’s four year old sister who drew
better than an art teacher. Both girls kept a notebook of Rose’s fairy