Title: ATTIE AND THE MONSTER BOOK
Genre: MG Magical Realism
LOGLINE: After twelve-year-old Attie Cohen receives a book about monsters from a mysterious family counselor, her siblings suddenly start morphing into deadly, supernatural beasts. The trouble is they morph when their emotions flare, and with their parents' divorce approaching, emotions are constantly on high alert. Attie must do her best to stay alive, keep her siblings human, and get back to that family counselor for some answers before she gets into BIG trouble.
My sister’s a monster. No, really. The first time I saw her morph was back in December. My parents had been arguing all day. I’d tried every nook and cranny in the house, but it was no use; I couldn’t escape the sound of their annoying bickering. So I finally left—just walked out the front door and made my way to the ravine. I hoped I might find some peace and quiet there.
Instead, I found my sister.
I was halfway down the steep slope when something hissed, “Get out of here, Attttttiiieee.”
Attie? My name? I looked around, and then I saw—it—her—Gracie. She wasn’t so far away from me, but she was a good ten feet up in the air somehow magically attached to a tree. Her skin was the color of a submarine, and bright blue veins covered her body. They popped out along her arms and legs, making her look like some thirteen-year old girl version of the Hulk. Her hair was sticking straight up over her head, and wrapped around the tree like it had sprouted a mind of its own and decided that today was the day it would finally merge with nature. In other words: OMG. My sister’s into fashion and being pretty and taking a bazillion hours in the bathroom each morning. This was the least pretty I’d ever seen her. And that’s counting the day she threw up five times.