TITLE: Attie and the Monster Book
GENRE: MG magical realism
LOGLINE: After 12 yo Attie Cohen receives a book about monsters, her siblings discover they can morph into deadly, supernatural beasts. The problem? They lack control over the transformations; particular emotions awaken the mutations, and with the Cohen parents heading for a divorce, emotions are in no short order. So Attie must #1) try not to die; #2) help her siblings stay human, and #3) figure out the mystery before she gets into BIG trouble.
The day I first saw my sister morph, my parents were shouting their heads off at each other.
. . . Again.
When I couldn’t stand it anymore, I stomped out of the house. Nobody tried to stop me. In fact, no one even noticed me go.
So I tromped and clomped through the back yard–slamming each foot down on the spindly winter grass and looking for fire ant mounds to kick. But my anger faded when realized that I was outside—alone. Unsupervised. Free. So I did what any kid would do. I headed for the ravine.
I’ll be honest with you. I’m not allowed there. Mom says it’s dangerous. And she’s right. The slope’s steep. But I’m smart; I knew to be careful.
But something happened on the way down.
I was bracing my feet against parched roots, making my way toward the stream at the bottom, when something hissed, “Get out of here, Attttiiiieeee.”
Attie? My name? Could I be hearing things? I stopped. Looked around.
Then I saw . . . it. . . her . . .Gracie . . . my sister. She was in the ravine too—not that far away from me, just off to my left. I hadn’t seen her at first because she was a good ten feet up—in a tree. Not climbing it, no. She was somehow magically attached to it. And I hate to say this, but she didn’t look human. Her skin was the color of a submarine—steel gray—and bright blue veins covered her body.