TITLE: Attie and The Monster Book
GENRE: Middle Grade- Magical Realism
LOGLINE: After 12 yo Attie Cohen receives a book about monsters in the mail, life takes a turn for the dangerous. Her siblings can suddenly morph into deadly, supernatural beasts. But emotions (rather than desire) provoke their transformations—and with the Cohen parents heading for a divorce, emotions are in no short order. Attie must #1. try not to die. #2. help her siblings stay human, and #3. figure out the mystery of The Monster Book.
The day I first saw my sister morph into something not human, my parents were arguing, shouting their heads off at each other as loud as they could.
When I couldn’t stand it anymore, I made a noise like UUUGGGGHHH, covered my ears with my hands, and stomped out of the house. Made a beeline for the front door and marched right out.
Nobody tried to stop me. In fact, no one even noticed me go. So I did what any kid would do. I headed straight for the ravine.
I’ll be honest with you. I’m not allowed there. Mom says it’s dangerous. But you know moms. They always think things are worse than they are. So I booked it over there and started down the steep slope. But I’m smart; I knew I’d better take my time if I wanted to make it all the way to the bottom.
I never got there.
I was bracing myself with little trees and vines, watching my feet the whole time, when something hissed, “Get out of here, Attttttttiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee.”
I stopped. Wondered if I was hearing things. Looked around.
Then I saw it--her--Gracie. My sister. She wasn't far away from me--just a little farther down the slope--and she was hugging a tree, gripping it with her arms and legs. She wasn’t facing me, but I could still see her well enough to know she was my sister. But trust me when I say this... Gracie didn’t look like herself.