Thursday, February 8, 2018

Team Snow 11: ONE KIND OF FOLKS, YA Contemporary Ownvoices

Genre: YA Contemporary Ownvoices 
Word Count: 65,000 

Is Your Antagonist hot or cold

Cold. Not the weather. In fact, I’m sweating under this winter coat. I had to take off my gloves to dry my sweaty palms.The blade, though, is freezing cold. The metal brushing my bare skin sends a shiver down my spine. The cold creeps back in; the adrenaline drains out now that the blood is off the knife, the boy motionless by my feet. His body will freeze come evening when temperature drops back under freezing point. Every stab wound will be as it is, clear for the town to see, to know every one of his kind will be gone.


Investigating a murder behind the police department’s back is hard, especially when your efforts go viral on the internet.

Months after a member of her faith committed a terror attack, sixteen-year-old Nasa Kazmi is still dealing with the fallout in her hometown. Finding death threats in her locker every day is her new normal. So when her twin brother Ragheeb is stabbed to death and his best friend Tres goes missing, Nasa knows it’s a hate crime. The police, however, label both boys terrorists intent on finishing the previous attack.

With the help of her hacker best friend, Nasa investigates her brother’s murder. Step one? Find Tres. Nasa looks to her social media followers for help, but soon her story goes viral. Half the internet, along with her town, believes Ragheeb to have been a terrorist and wants Nasa gone. She is torn between choosing her safety or speaking up about Ragheeb’s innocence. If she can’t find Tres soon, her attempts at proving the police wrong could turn and label her a terrorist, too.

First 250:

Popsicle stick butterfly knives aren’t in my list of interests anymore, and anything even resembling lethal weapons has never been Ragheeb’s interest. Still, we both own one, from when I made them after the first time Baba showed me how to use it but also told me I was too young to have a real knife.

There never was a time I didn’t adore knives, or anything that Baba taught me as self-defense. Even if there was, it had to be before Pre-K. Before the first time I got pushed off a slide because my classmate’s parents had taught him not to play with kids my kind. Then people came and went in my life making it clearer to me until I started reminding myself how I will always be of a different kind, hated. And that I’ll always need to fight back when I get pushed off.

Ragheeb believes in a whole other philosophy that doesn’t include knives. Or fights. He’s never been the one to be pushed off.

The way he is fiddling with my fake knife makes me feel sorry for him still. He curiously watches how the wooden blade comes out. Maybe he is just wondering how it ends up swinging out right into his wrist.

“Need help?” I say. I know he doesn’t, and his brain is wired to say ‘no’ to me even if he does. It doesn’t matter that he’s only eight minutes older than me; what matters to him is that he’s the older sibling.


  1. I'd *love* to read this. Please send me the full manuscript and a synopsis! I look forward to reading.
    ~Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS

  2. I'd be delighted to read this. Please send me the first three chapters to

    Thank you!

    Natascha Morris,
    BookEnds Literary

  3. I so want to see more! Please send the full ms and a synopsis to crubinobradway AT lkgagency DOT com!

  4. Throwing my winter hat in the ring! Please send the full manuscript plus synopsis to with SunVsSnow in the subject line. Thanks! Leslie Zampetti, Dunham Literary

  5. This is cooler than the North Pole! Can you send me the full? Please use Times New Roman, size 12, black, double-spaced text, 1” margins all around, and ½” paragraph indents. Add "Requested #Sunvssnow Material" along with your title in the subject line. Attach the manuscript as a Word docx and send to Lynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com. Thanks.

    Lynnette Novak
    The Seymour Agency

  6. Amy Elizabeth BishopFebruary 8, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Getting chills! I'd love to take a look at the full manuscript! Please send the query and full manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to abishop (at) dystel (dot) com, with SunVsSnow in the subject line.

    Looking forward to reading!



  7. Stone-cold intriguing premise…I would love to read more! Please send 50 pages + query letter to, with SunvsSnow in subject line. Many thanks!! Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary

  8. Ooh, I just got chills. Please send the full manuscript as a word document to with the query in the body of the email, and in the subject line, please put: REQUESTED: #sunvssnow. I look forward to reading more!

  9. I'd like to get snowed in with this to read--sounds fantastic! Please send the first 100 pages and a synopsis to with REQUESTED: #sunvssnow in the subject line. Thanks, Kari

  10. Will for sure take a look - full MS please, to Looking forward to reading!

    - Alec

  11. Please, send the full as an MS Word attachment to

  12. Brrr this pitch is giving me chills! Please send the query and full manuscript as a word attachment to with the subject line Sun vs Snow requested materials. I can't wait to take a look!

  13. Intrigued! Please send full ms to, with Sun v Snow in the subject line. Please send a Word attachment and put the query in the body of the email. Thanks!

  14. I'd love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a Word document, along with your query, to :-).