Monday, March 23, 2015


Genre: Chapter Book – Historical Fiction Mystery
Word Count: 9,500


Dear Michelle and Sharon,

As the 1920s roar through New York City, no one enjoys them more than 10-year-old adventuress Pooky Thursday. She dances the Charleston, explores the wilds of Central Park, and reads her way through the library at Banner Court, the city's most fabulous mansion. As the cook's daughter, Pooky must navigate not only the mansion's nooks, crannies, and secret passageways, but also the worlds of the downstairs staff and the upstairs swells.

One day, Pooky discovers a kid-size, lizard-shaped painting peeking out of the library's trash. What's a mystery but an adventure with a question mark? Pooky puts on her detective hat to question everyone from the butler to Commodore Banner himself, research reptilian facts in the chronicles of great explorers, and search for answers on what the painting means and who it belongs to.

Pooky is up to her knee socks in clues when Frank, the Banners' spoiled and stinky son, demands that she turn the lizard painting over to him. When Pooky refuses, Frank threatens to out her as a sneak thief to the Banners and, even worse, her mama. Now Pooky must find the mysterious owner of the painting and fast. Otherwise, she'll be branded a no good robber forever, and Frank will get his grubby little hands on the treasure.

POOKY THURSDAY INVESTIGATES! THE LIZARD IN THE LIBRARY is a 9,500-word chapter book. Please find the first 100 words pasted below.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

First 100 Words:

My name is Pooky Thursday. I am a modern girl in the world's most modern city – New York!

The city is the perfect place for an adventuress like me who likes to try new things. I track treasures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, jiggle with the chorus lines on old Broadway, and ride the rails from one end of Manhattan to the other. Life here is the bee's knees and cat's pajamas all rolled into one!

I live in Banner Court, the fanciest mansion around. It sits across the street from Central Park. Some people call it the "House of A Thousand Rooms."


  1. Hi there!

    I'd love to take a look at this. Please send your query pasted in the email and the manuscript attached as a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com


    - Rena Rossner

  2. This sounds like so much fun! Heck, *I* wouldn't mind tracking, jiggling, and riding with Pooky (not to mention visiting a fancy mansion!). :) Please send query and full manuscript (in body of email if you can--but, if you're worried about indentation, Word doc is okay) to Submissions at SarahJane Freymann dot com. Please put #PBParty in the subject line. Thank you! Can't wait to read more!

    All best wishes,

  3. Well this sounds like pure fun! Please send a query letter and manuscript copied into the body of the email to my email address. Subject line should indicate #PBParty. Check out for contact and other submission details. Thanks for participating in #PBParty! - Clelia