Thursday, 12 September 2013


Here is a short synopsis of a story I've been working on for the better  part of ten years, off and on. I'm really feeling the pull to sit and finally finish it. At least before I'm 70! The story is geared to boys and girls between 9 and 12, although I think it will appeal more to girls, as the protagonist is female. The story is set in scenic Wales.

Penelope Parker is ten years old, and is what kids today would call "nerdy". She loves to read, is smart in school. She is a pretty child with flyaway red hair, freckles, and she wears glasses. Of course, she gets teased and called "four eyes" and "teacher's pet" among other things. And, oh yes, she has a beloved cat, Hecate, that she confides all her troubles to. Hecate is a very different cat, but you will discover that when you read the book!

Penelope Parker sighed. It had turned out to be another one of those days at the school she went to. Things always seemed to happen around Penelope, especially when she was upset. There was the time Dexter Bigglesworth had called her ‘four-eyes’ because she wore glasses, and  next thing you know, Dexter has four eyes in his face. Or the time her teacher, Miss Nettlethorpe scolded her for daydreaming, and then suddenly found herself floating near the ceiling. Then there was today. The biggest catastrophe of all. That horrible Cornelia Thistlethwaite had been bullying Penelope again, calling her all kinds of names. The last straw came as Cornelia danced around singing, “Penny Parker has no dad, B-A-S-T-” Penelope was stunned, then furious, and she felt her anger boiling over. Shaking, she pointed her finger at Cornelia and shouted, “Zip it up!”

There was a ‘snap’, a ‘fizzle’, a flash, then dead silence, except for the gurgles coming from Cornelia’s throat. All she could do was gurgle, because where her mouth used to be was a large metal zip! Everyone gasped, and of course, it was at this very moment that Miss Nettlethorpe strode into the room

From that time on, Penelope's life was never to be the same. Follow her adventures and the scrapes she and Hecate get into, and the danger just around the corner.

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