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Team Brenda #3 – KIDS, INC.

Thursday, 17 May 2012  |  Posted by Brenda Drake
Title: KIDS, INC.
Genre: Middle Grade
Word Count: 35,000
Query:
Twelve-year-old Anna Fraser’s father always told her that necessity was the mother of invention, but for her, it was all accidental.  
After Anna and her genius “I skipped a grade” younger brother Chris’s class project goes missing, a little mischief in their father’s workshop results in a tasty invention— a spray that makes the grossest foods taste like cupcakes. Soon, Yuck Away Cupcake Spray becomes the hottest-selling product in America and Anna and Chris are running a company.  
As CEO, Anna quickly discovers that business is not all about having her teammates work for her, or bossing around her brother, or even doing interviews with press. Nope. It’s working long hours in the office, doing homework past midnight, and maybe even disappointing her cheerleading team by missing the biggest competition of the year.  
Toss in a bet with some bullies, a scheming Chief Operating Officer, and a threat to their family’s financial future, and you have KIDS, INC.
Excerpt:
Anna Fraser tapped her foot against the metal leg of her desk to the song in her head:
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Four more classes, then I’m jolly
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Christmas break is almost here
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
No more homework for the rest of the year
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

She drummed her pencil on the thick social studies book that sat open to page 241: Economics.

Twenty more minutes.
She glanced up at her social studies teacher, Mr. Bower, aka. Mr Shower, and beat a little louder on the book to the rhythm of his lecture.
“Economics,” he was saying, or rather spraying. 
Tap tap-tap tap 
“Is the study of buying and selling goods and services.” 
Tap tap tap-tap tap tap-tap tap tap-tap tap-tap-tap 
Anna couldn’t believe he was actually trying to make them learn on the last day of school before Christmas break. Her other teachers let them watch movies, read books, and even have a holiday party. She’d scored four candy canes already. And there, Mr. Shower stood at the front of the class reading from his notes, his beady eyes not lifting from the yellow memo pad clenched between his chunks of fingers. He continued earnestly, wiping the corner of his mouth every now and then.

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