Adrienne Kisner (alkisner on QT) has signed with agent Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management.
Dear Ms. Drayton,
Seventeen-year-old Brynn Harper’s life has one steadying force—Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project—and actually getting a response!—Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel . . . but never sending them. It’s an outlet; Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, Brynn’s first serious girlfriend, about her beloved brother Nick’s death, about how she’s stuck in a special education class and is considering dropping out.
But then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. She learns that one student representative will be allowed to have a voice amongst teachers and administrators in the selection of a new school superintendent. Sarah, along with Brynn’s arch-nemesis John, believe only honors students worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn knows John and Sarah only want to hold the seat and positions of student-elected power for personal perks. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. Brynn takes on John in an election for the selection committee seat, and then later for student body president. Brynn’s reputation and home life are threatened, her brother’s memory attacked, and her new crush Michaela shamed, all because Brynn confronted a corrupt system that would rather she stay quiet. This pushes Brynn to the edge of despair. She asks herself: what would Rachel Maddow do? Brynn finds out when she accidentally emails her journal to her entire contacts list, including Rachel Maddow herself.
DEAR RACHEL MADDOW is an epistolary YA novel that is ELECTION meets Beverly Cleary’s DEAR MR. HENSHAW. It is complete at 51,000 words. It was recently selected as one of the 2016 winners of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.
I have a master’s and doctorate degree in Theology from Boston University, and was inspired to write DEAR RACHEL MADDOW by my work with high school and college students. I am also currently beginning my third semester of my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Thank you for your time and consideration.