Serena Thompson (sik0123 on QT) has signed with agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC.
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Quinn doesn't text or tweet and thinks the Kardashians are the nice, elderly couple that live up the street. She is awkward, easily confused by social cues, and has always preferred the company of books to people. When homeschooling is no longer an option, she takes a shot and finds herself accepted by the University of Oxford, and on track to study statistical genetics.
Beatrice thought the hardest part would be getting into Oxford, not convincing her parents to let her go. They've put a halt to her plans until she can prove she is able to make friends with people her own age and function in social situations. Their solution: theater camp and a detailed list of teenage milestones to check off. She has six weeks at the Connecticut Shakespearean Summer Academy to show her parents she can pull off the role of "normal" teenager and won't spend the rest of her life hiding in a library.
Beatrice tackles the list with her usual brand of dogged research and sarcasm, and she knows anything less than a perfect score will ruin her shot at Oxford. Unfortunately, hearts and hormones don't follow any rules, and there is no textbook for teenage interactions. When she's adopted by a group of eclectic theater kids and immediately makes an enemy of the gorgeous, popular son of the camp founders, she begins to realize that relationships might be trickier than calculus. As the summer draws to an end, and with Oxford on the a, this girl genius stumbles through illicit parties, double dog dares, and more than your fair share of Shakespeare. Before the final curtain falls, she begins to wonder if Oxford alone will still be enough.
WHEREFORE ART THOU BEATRICE QUINN? is a YA contemporary complete at 80,000 words. It is a standalone with series potential and would appeal to fans of the TV show ATYPICAL meets Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley's ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, with a dash of Sonia Hartl's HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME.
WHEREFORE ART THOU BEATRICE QUINN? was selected for Round Five of Author Mentor Match where I completed extensive revisions under the guidance of a published YA author. I currently work in medicine, but I've never forgotten my theater roots, and would love to share those experiences with others.