TITLE: Through the White Light
GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy
When Lucas becomes an angel, the White Light obliterates his memory of dying, leaving only a sense of his little sister being threatened and a feeling it’s his fault. Determined not to dodge responsibility, Lucas breaks angel rules, defies guardians, and risks everything to unravel the truth about his own death and acquire sufficient skills to ensure his sister’s safety.
My last day began without any kind of warning or premonition. I know that’s normal, and I wasn’t expecting a flashing neon sign above my bed saying, “Lucas, this is your last day.” Still, I would’ve liked a subtle hint.
The day ended in disaster, but it went wrong from the moment I got up. Over breakfast, I argued with Mum and Dad. I’d promised to look after Emily, but forgotten, and I’d have to cancel my plans because of their stupid business dinner. Afterwards, I discovered that Emily had drawn flowers in my biology report and I shouted at her until she cried.
In school it became worse. The biology report flipped open to the flowery page and the whole class exploded in laughter. Including Sophie. During the day, Thomas tried everything to find a solution to the babysitting dilemma so I could join them at Laura’s house in the evening—without luck. And dragging Emily along was no option. Last time, the telly had bored her, and she’d decided to leave and gotten lost. The police had brought her home, and Dad had lectured me for hours about responsibility, his voice sounding like Darth Vader’s which was worse than if he’d yelled.
After I picked Emily up from swimming class, I dragged her and my bike through the slushy snow to the newsagent’s to hang out with my friends. I hoped to catch a glimpse of Sophie, but she never turned up, and, despite her pink suit of armour, Emily whinged about the cold and the late afternoon darkness.