Title: Sadie Scottsdale and the Wasted Wish
Word Count: 40,000
Genre: MG Fantasy
In a world where wishes come true, ten-year-old Sadie Scottsdale wishes they didn’t.
Ever since the international Wishing Council identified her thirteen-year-old sister, Becca, as one of the world’s six Wishers, Sadie’s felt like a big, fat nothing. All everyone wants to talk about is Becca and how Becca’s upcoming Wish is sure to do something spectacular, like re-establish an extinct species or clean their town’s polluted river.
Sadie understands all the attention toward Becca—to a point. Wishes are important. They’re granted only every eight years when the Sister Comets re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. What bothers Sadie is that no one seems to care Becca ruined her awesome summer. Now, instead of movies and the mall, a camping trip, and collecting the local restaurant’s giveaways, Sadie’s stuck in a boarding school in the Wishing Village with other kids unfortunate enough to be related to a Wisher. Worse, the Village isn’t even a real Village—it’s a bunch of buildings on a farm in Nebraska.
Then, as everyone waits for the Wishes to be granted, rumors swirl that Becca broke the rules by making a selfish Wish. Becca swears she didn’t, even as evidence mounts against her. With the Sister Comets rapidly approaching, Sadie bands with her new friends and comes up with a plan to clear Becca’s name and salvage her summer. Problem is, Sadie’s going to break the rules to do it, and if she gets caught, she’ll be joining Becca in the detention center until the next time the Sister Comets return.
First 250 words:
She had to stop soon, Sadie thought. No one could possibly sing that long, especially about something so stupid.
Sadie winced as the sound of her sister’s high-heeled shoes striking the ceramic tile grew louder. Clasping her hands over her ears, she stared at her book. Maybe, just maybe, if she looked like she was concentrating really hard, Becca would leave her alone.
The shutter doors to the kitchen banged open.
“It’s Wishing Day! It’s Wishing Day! Come one, come all, it’s Wishing Daaaaay!” Becca sang, prancing into the sun-drenched room.
Don’t look. Sadie pressed her palms against the sides of her head and mouthed words she pretended to read.
Becca remained undaunted. “Wish-ing Day! Wish-ing Day! Every-body’s com-ing to Wish-ing Day!”
Sadie slumped and lifted her eyes. Becca twirled across the floor, her brand new white-flowered dress swaying as she spun.
“Hurry up, Sade. We can’t be laaaate,” Becca crooned.
Sadie waited until Becca stopped. Making sure her sister was watching, she gave her eyes a good roll and flipped the page.
Becca arched an eyebrow and smirked. “Mooom,” she sang. “Sadie’s not dressed!”
Sadie groaned, knowing what was coming.
“Sadie!” Mom shouted from her parents’ bedroom. “Move it!”
Sliding off the kitchen stool, Sadie grabbed her bowl of pineapple. She tossed a chunk into her mouth and trudged toward her bedroom.
Becca skipped by and gave a light push. “Come on, Slow-mo.”
With a flick of her wrist, Sadie grasped the satin ribbon on Becca’s dress and pulled.