Genre: Realistic Fiction/Special Needs
Word Count: 498
Dear Michelle and Sharon,
Adelaide dreams of stardom, but she can't sing, dance, or remember her lines like other kids can. However, she has something special. She has a sparkle, and it makes her shine like the star she truly is… But is it enough to get her on stage?
In my 498-wordpicture book, ADELAIDE’S SPARKLE, you will witness the perseverance of a girl who does not allow her disability to slow her down. Adelaide has Down Syndrome, but that is only seen in the illustrator notes, and not preached through the manuscript.
My picture book, Waiting for James in a Sea of Pink, was published in early 2012 with MeeGenius. It was a Golden Owl Award recipient, and spent several weeks as a best seller among MeeGenius’ listings. I am a SCBWI North/Central CA member, volunteer for the Epilepsy Foundation, active 12x12 member, volunteer for the We Need Diverse Books campaign, and graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.
First 50 Words:
Adelaide had something special. She had something very special, indeed.
It wasn’t a pony.
It wasn’t a divine necklace.
It wasn’t something that came from a store.
Adelaide had a sparkle.
Adelaide loved to dance. She wasn’t as graceful as the other girls on the Snazzy Jazzy dance team.