PW #228: Middle Grade Fantasy: PENELOPE CHARMING AND THE POISONED GLASS SLIPPERS

Manuscript Delivery Date: One Month

Mentor Name: Kim Long

Mentee Name: Diana DeBolt Johnson

Title: PENELOPE CHARMING AND THE POISONED GLASS SLIPPERS

Category: Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy

Word Count: 40,000

Pitch:

Being Cinderella’s daughter isn’t a Happily-Ever-After for eleven-year-old Penelope. After her mom’s glass slippers are poisoned, Penelope must face a candy-magic wielding witch, survive a giant’s Beanstalk Forest, and outrun escaped villains to deliver the cure before her mom falls into a deathly slumber and the villains destroy Fablewood.

Excerpt:

Glass slippers made terrible frog-capturing shoes.

Clink. 

Clink. 

Clinkety-Clink.

My too-big slippers scraped against the stone of the secret passage, surely announcing my presence. 

Pausing, I scrunched my toes to keep the slippers from falling off and knelt to peek through a peep hole in the secret door. In the garden beyond, a small frog stood on a wishing well and rolled his tiny top hat up his arm to his head. He plopped down—belly up to the sun—and slid the hat over his eyes. 

I shoved my slingshot and net through my sash, cracked opened the door, and squeezed through.

RIIIIP! 

I froze.

A thorn from the bush snagged the frilly hem of my dress. Clenching my teeth, I eyed my prey. The frog stretched his scrawny arms, wiggled a teeny bit, and relaxed. Whew.

I smiled.

The brave princess crept through secret passages, climbed tall towers, trudged through swamps…she was Princess Penelope, daughter of Cinderella. One slimy beastie was no match for her. 

I squelched through the mud to the well and stopped.

One happily ever after . . . two happily ever after . . . three happily ever after. 

“Surrender!” I sprang to my feet and raised the net.

A tiny splotch of water glistened on the bare stones.

“Rotten peas!” I leaned over the well.

Gribbit! Er . . . gotcha!The frog teased as he leaped from behind a broken stone onto my shoulder. He poked my cheek with his twig.

 

 

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