Query Letter #20
Your Name: Andrea Pelleschi
Title: The Carousel Ghost
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
The Carousel Ghost is a 63,000-word middle grade novel that’s part mystery, part ghost story. I am submitting it to you because I saw that you were recently reading paranormal mystery stories and because you’re interested in strong female characters.
When 14-year-old ghost detective, Kate O’Reilly, takes on a new case at an amusement park, she finds herself pulled back in time into the body of a woman whose husband may have murdered her and stuffed her into one of the carousel horses.
Hired by the curator at the park museum, who’s tired of her artifacts being tossed around in the middle of the night, Kate thinks it’s a simple poltergeist. But when she rides the antique carousel, she finds herself transported back in time and into the body of Isabelle, a ghost who died 80 years ago. In fact, each time Kate rides the carousel, she relives another snippet from Isabelle’s life. Rumor has it that Isabelle’s husband, a famous carousel carver, murdered her and put her body inside one of the horses.
Kate rushes to solve the case before curator puts the beautiful horse on display in the park museum, meaning Kate won’t be able to ride it anymore and learn all of Isabelle’s secrets—-or solve the case. And if she can’t solve the case, Isabelle will haunt Kate forever because, as Kate knows from her 14 years of ghostly experiences, ghosts have all the time in the world.
Currently, I am a children’s book editor and have experience in mass market, trade, and educational publishing. My writing credits include novelty books, storybooks, and leveled readers. I have an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and also belong to SCBWI.
Thank you for you time and consideration. May I send you sample chapters or the complete manuscript of The Carousel Ghost?