Monday, February 22, 2016

Team Snow 16: SIXTH GRADE SECRET SERVICE, MG Humor, Mystery

Genre: MG, humor, mystery, adventure
Word Count: 49,000

My Main Character would use snow to battle their biggest obstacle: 

Abraham Truman, leader of the team who rescued the sixth grade class president from her captors, would once again call on Arlington Adams, who loyally served as Tech Officer during the mission. As the son of a janitor in Washington D.C., Arlington has access to the Lost and Found, a cache of misplaced spy gadgets his father recovered while cleaning various federal buildings. One such gadget, code-named The Snow-Baller, can produce 100 snowballs per second. Arlington would use these non-lethal, frozen projectiles to neutralize threats to school cabinet or ensure victory during playground snowball fights.


Eleven-year-old Abraham Truman comes from a long line of secret servicemen, but unlike his dad and brother who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Abe can’t even make it through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program without a trip to the school nurse. No, Abraham feels more like his grandfathers who are blamed for the deaths of President Lincoln and Kennedy.

When Abraham's best friend, the eternally optimistic Tibby Roosevelt, becomes sixth grade class president, she asks him to protect her from class bully and Vice President, Chaz Nixon. When Tibby is accused of taking a bribe and then goes missing, Chaz is set to assume the role if Tibby is unable to return to her position by the end of the week. But even if she is found, Abraham fears the disgrace and ridicule she’ll face after the scandal might force her to change schools.

Now, Abraham must not only find Tibby, but prove her innocence as well. But locating one little girl in a city the size of Washington D.C. is harder than finding an honest politician, and Abe quickly realizes he needs help. Soon, Abe’s redemption and the fate of the sixth grade rests on the shoulders of his team of unlikely heroes: his German shepherd, the janitor's eccentric son and the sixth grade school newspaper correspondent. If they fail, the whole class faces rule under power-hungry Chaz Nixon, and all the wedgies and boot-licking that comes with it.

First 250 words:

Chapter 1
Monday 2:30 PM

My name is Abraham Truman and my problem started over a hundred fifty years ago. During a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre, my great, great, great…great…great…whatever, grandfather, Secret Service Agent Jessup Truman, left Abraham Lincoln’s balcony to go to the concession stand. Three minutes later, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated.

My parents don’t talk about Grandpa Jessup much.

Ninety-eight years later in Dealy Plaza, Texas, my great, great, great grandfather, Secret Service Agent Clyde Truman, tripped over his shoe laces and stepped away from Kennedy’s motorcade to tie them. He’d just gotten Mr. Bunny ears out of the hole when the sound of a firing bullet made the name Lee Harvey Oswald infamous.

Clyde’s another relative my parents don’t talk about much.

Then again, neither am I. It’s easy to be overlooked when your dad rescues the president’s wife from the clutches of some rogue nation, or your older brother thwarts a communist takeover of the White House, and you can’t even get across the cafeteria without spilling your food tray.

But, like my best friend, Tibby Roosevelt, always said, “It’s not like there’s much chance for a kid to prove himself in the sixth grade.”

That went double for me, until Tibby decided to run for class president.


  1. Brrrrr I think I feel some snow coming on! Please email your query and the first fifty pages to while I put on my scarf and gloves.

  2. Son of a nutcracker, I'd love to see more! Please send the first 50 pages (rounded to the nearest chapter's end) along with query and synopsis to with SunvSnow in the subject.

  3. Very cool! Please send 50 page and synopsis for Team Snow!

  4. This sounds like a perfect snow day read! Can you send the first 50 pages to penelope.gsliterary at gmail? Put "Sun vs. Snow" in the subject line. Thank you so much!

  5. I've got chills, they're multiplying... and I'd love to see the first five chapters (as a .doc), along with a query and a short synopsis. Free hot chocolate at submissions(at)jaw-litagent(dot)com. See you there. ;)

  6. Bring on the snow! I would love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please feel free to send it along to as a word attachment. Please put the query in the email and Sun vs Snow in the subject line. Thanks!

  7. This sounds absolutely wonderful! I would love to see the first 50 pages! Please send as a word attachment to with Sun vs Snow in the subject.