Query Letter #29
Leeam and the World of Two Moons
YA Fantasy Fiction
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
When people read fiction, they escape from the mundane into the fantastic. A good work of fiction is an open door to somewhere the reader never wants to leave. In that way, anyone who's ever read a good book will empathize with the plight facing Leeam Lace, the main character of my story.
Fifteen-year-old Leeam regains the ability to use his legs after waking up in a mysterious, parallel world, but each step he takes into this empty, dying land brings him closer to disaster.
The story begins as Leeam chases his cat, who he thought was dead, into the woods. His wheelchair catches on the touch terrain and spills Leeam head first into a rock. When Leeam wakes, he's shocked to find that not only can he walk, but that he is among strange and fantastic creatures, including shape-shifters like Maybelle, who discovers Leeam in the forest her tribe has taken refuge in.
Maybelle's tribe survives through secrecy—through them, Leeam discovers secrets about his own past and disability. He'll have to come to grips with these and a budding romance with Maybelle; though, time is running out for the World of Two Moons. The tyrannical Overseer of Day, an angry Living God draws near, bent on reclaiming what was stolen from his childhood, and will stop at nothing short of global genocide to do so. Ultimately, Leeam must decide if he is ready to give his life for a world that isn't even his; to risk returning to a life without Maybelle. And worse: to confront the possibility that like good fiction, Leeam's entire adventure may have been too good to be true.
Thank you for taking the time to read this query about my 50,000 word Y.A. fantasy, Leeam and the World of Two Moons.