October 21, 2009
Re: Query for “The Amber Sunburst”
I have written a children’s novel, “The Amber Sunburst,” and am currently looking for representation. I saw your ----------------.
(I need an opening sentence here) So…how in the world is twelve-year-old Haji supposed to know how to keep the Gods happy when their behaviour is so erratic that it’s impossible for Haji to understand what they want? One minute, they seem happy, and the next—they are seeking vengeance for some unknown wrongdoing. For as long as he can remember, Haji has watched the suffering of those who have displeased the Gods, but now it seems to be his turn to face their might. After almost dying at their hands while stranded in the middle of a raging river, Haji has had enough of dealing with the Gods to last him a lifetime, but it soon becomes apparent that they are not through with him yet.
At first, Haji thinks the Gods are simply toying with him, but he soon realizes that the games they are playing are those (of life and death-suggestions?). When the Gods take his mother from him, Haji knows that his life is forever changed and that he must now brace himself for what is to come—he only hopes that he will be ready for it, whatever it may be, and from wherever it may come.
I have written numerous poems, and one other book, none of them as yet published. I have also attended the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I am a music teacher, and after much discussion with my students, as well as receiving their feedback on this book, I do believe that The Amber Sunburst is a compelling story and will interest young readers everywhere.
The Amber Sunburst is a fantastic story for nine to twelve year olds and is sixty-six thousand words in length. I believe that this book, set in the exotic locale of ancient Egypt, with the mystique of the all-powerful, ruling Gods who govern the earth, and filled with events beyond the experience of today’s children, will appeal to a wide audience of readers. If the story interests you, I would be delighted to send you the manuscript.
Thank you for your time.