Elliah Terry (luvnlife_27 on QT) has signed with agent Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency.
My own experiences with being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (as well as my daughter's) inspired me to write this story.
Having a strong group of writer friends who were also in the query trenches is the number one thing that kept me afloat during the hard times. Also, remembering that the act of writing brings me immense joy and no one can take that away from me unless I let them.
Dear Mr. Chudney:
Knowing you are a fan of Sharon Creech’s work, I thought you might like to have a look at I AM CALLIOPE JUNE, my 18,000 word contemporary verse novel for the middle grade market.
When twelve-year-old Calliope June starts over—again—at a new school, she’s desperate to keep her Tourette syndrome a secret. After all, she has things bad enough with a butchered haircut, boy’s outdated hand-me-downs, and a mom who can’t be bothered to help her fit in. She doesn’t need to complicate her life by croaking like a frog in the middle of math class. But Tourette syndrome isn’t like the lockets the other girls give each other—small and pretty and easily tucked away beneath this season’s cutest shirt. No, everyone definitely notices when Calli repeats the word ‘precipitation’ a bazillion times or whacks the top of her head with her knuckles.
To make matters worse, fellow outcast Beatriz Lopez has made it her personal mission to draw attention to Calli’s tics. Only Jinsong, Calli’s cute neighbor and popular student body president, seems to see past her quirks (as long as his friends aren’t watching, that is). But even Jinsong can’t help Calli when her mom drags her off to yet another new school—and just when she was finally figuring out that being different has its perks.
Told from the alternating points of view of Calliope and her love-struck neighbor, Jinsong, I AM CALLIOPE JUNE may appeal to fans of COUNTING BY 7’S and WONDER. Please note that I am querying other agents regarding this project.
I am a recipient of the 2014 Nikki Grimes Poetic Techniques Merit Scholarship and enjoy being an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I am also diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.
Thank you for your time and consideration.