Title: I AM DRAGON
Age Category: Young Adult
Genre: Diverse Fantasy
Word Count: 93,000
Pitch: In a world where Chinese fairytales are real, Sara, a sixteen-year-old artist, trades her brushes for a sword to save her little sister from a sorceress hell-bent on eating souls to feed her magical powers.
First 250 Words of the Manuscript:
I had waited five years for a message from my dead mother. Now that I had it, I wished to God I could send it back.
Huddled under the covers, I clicked my flashlight on and off to the steady beat of rain plinking against the bedroom window. Ever since I lost my parents, my nightmares would yank me out of my sleep. Then crazed and wild-eyed, I’d hunch over my sketchbook with the stub of my pencil, gouging black shapes into the paper to banish the demon dragons.
This time, when I opened my sketchbook, I found something I hadn’t drawn. Every blast of my flashlight illuminated my mother’s chop—her signature seal in Chinese characters—stamped on the bottom left corner of my sketchbook.
Grandma Apo cautioned me that our Chinese ancestors always returned in some form. Really! No amount of forewarning could prepare me for the sight of my mother’s calligraphy.
The chop bloomed like the red tide that turns the ocean the color of blood. Above it, six stacked horizontal lines, dressed in the blackest of ink, stood like a legion of soldiers in formation. Was this the written language of the dead? Simple lines and no words. Obviously, the dead were beyond the same needs as the living. I feared my only option to decipher the message was my death.
Thunder rumbled in the distance, sounding like a wounded animal.
“Saaraa!” Jaz, my five-year-old sister, cried out in her sleep.