Title: NORA SUPER SPY
Genre: Chapter Book (Disability)
Word Count: 6,600 words
Dear Michelle and Sharon,
NORA SUPER SPY follows the journey of Nora, a spunky, hard-of-hearing Australian who loves playing Detective Spies.
Eight-year-old Nora is desperate for a spy partner, but she’s the new-kid-in-town and she really doesn’t like meeting new people. She never knows how they’re going to act, or what they’re going to say. PLUS, even though her hearing aids are an awesome pink color, they don’t make her hearing perfect. Thank goodness for solo spying! When her treasured spy book goes missing, Nora will do whatever it takes to find it- even if that means questioning people.
First stop is next-door. Here, Nora meets Sophie. Sophie is the same age and loves playing spies. She is quickly cleared from the suspect list. And even though she twirls-while-she-talks (which drives Nora’s ears crazy!), the pair soon become friends and spy partners. Before long, they strike another suspect off the list, add a member to their spy team, and stake out a suspicious local bully.
The accidental discovery of her treasured spy book, in the yard of one of her new spy friends, rocks Nora’s world. She must decide whether to stay friends with a thief and liar or go back to spying alone.
NORA SUPER SPY is a 6,600-word chapter book for grades 1-4, with series potential. It will appeal to fans of Annie Barrows and Sara Pennypacker, and provides a complement to diverse titles such as the graphic novel El Deafo by Cece Bell.
I am a member of the SCBWI. I have completed The Newberry Library’s Writing For Children course as well as Chapter Book Blueprint. In my former career, I worked as a Family Physician in Australia.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
First 100 words:
In Australia, my spy base was a gum tree. But now that we live in Chicago it's going to be the giant oak tree in the backyard of our new house. That's okay. Tree climbing is tricky. But I'm good at it, and I'm not a quitter.
I'm all settled on a high branch with my pink spy book in my lap. I carefully adjust one of my hearing aids and then lift my binoculars to my eyes with one hand.
I focus on a house down the street. A boy is sitting on the porch.