Query Letter #21
Maddie & Mook And The Message In The Bottle
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
When young Maddie and her puppy Mook find a mysterious old bottle with a message inside, they begin an adventure to the Caribbean to find the boy who set the bottle into the sea.
The mysterious bottle crested the wave and glimmered in the sun, catching twelve year old Maddie’s eyes as it surfed the foamy water to the shore. Mook, her rambunctious little puppy barked and hopped in the water dodging the bottle that attacked him while he played with the crabs.
Salt water and seaweed splashed in Maddie’s face as she jumped for the bottle before the tide sucked her treasure back out to sea. It was an old message in a bottle and the treasure hunter in Maddie made her wonder where the bottle had come from. Who wrote the message?
The message inside the old bottle challenges Maddie to find the boy who threw the bottle in the sea, but all she has to go by are a few cryptic initials and the name Wendell Chinnery. A chance trip for her mother to do a tropical photography shoot brings the little girl to the Caribbean and her quest begins. With the companionship of Mook, the help of the internet and good detective work, Maddie is on an adventure that takes her across the ocean to find the boy who wrote her the message.
Maddie & Mook and Message in the Bottle is a middle grade adventure that will appeal to any young reader and is complete at 27,830 words. The story was inspired by a real message in the bottle. The message inside was written by a little girl who wanted to make a new friend. I currently write two online entertainment columns, freelance for regional magazines and am a member of the SCWW. Maddie and Mook is my third book.
Thank you in advance for your valued consideration.