This is the query letter for my latest book, titled #MoMoLives. It needs some work, but that’s why we’re here, right? I’m posting this as part of the Winter Query Critique Blog Hop, which I am hosting.

Revised version 1/27:

On his way home one night, thirteen-year-old Tim Ellis records video of MoMo – a Bigfoot-like creature that terrorized Riverton one summer forty years ago. His older brother Kal’s best friend posts the video on social media.

The video goes viral. Tim discovers too late that he didn’t see a monster, but a hoax put on by the two older boys. Within days, reporters and heavily armed amateur monster hunters swarm the town. To top things off, a reality TV show devoted to the search for Bigfoot announces plans for a live broadcast from Riverton.

Impressed by the video Tim shot, the show’s host hires him to guide the crew around town. In the following days, they discover evidence indicating there’s a real monster in town. On the night of the broadcast, an argument between Kal and his best friend results in both boys trespassing on Monster Hill. Tim must find a way to keep the hoax from being exposed, or worse, all three of them becoming monster chow.

#MoMoLives is an upper Middle Grade contemporary novel, complete at 54,000 words. Loosely based on actual events that happened in my hometown several years ago, its approach is similar to Kate Hattemer’s The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy combined with elements of The X-Files.

 

 

 

 

 

Original version:

On his way home one night, thirteen-year-old Tim Ellis takes a video of what appears to be MoMo – a Bigfoot-like creature that first terrorized Riverton forty years ago. Tim’s big brother Kal and his idiot best friend post the video on social media. Tim soon learns what he saw wasn’t a monster, but a hoax executed by Kal and his friend.

Tim’s video goes viral. Soon afterward, reporters and heavily armed amateur monster hunters swarm the town. To top things off, a popular reality TV show devoted to the search for Bigfoot announces they’re coming to Riverton for a live special the next weekend.

The pressure on Tim builds when he develops a crush on the new police chief’s bi-racial daughter, then agrees to help guide the crew from the TV show around town. As the date of the live special approaches, Tim and some of the crew discover evidence indicating there’s a real monster in town.

During the live special, an argument between Kal and his best friend results in both boys trespassing on the hill where the monster’s rumored to live. Struggling against the guilt of the lies he’s told to everyone he values, Tim must find a way to keep Kal out of danger without exposing the hoax.

#MoMoLives is an upper Middle Grade contemporary novel, complete at 54,000 words. It is loosely based on actual events that happened in my hometown several years ago. It’s approach is similar to Kate Hattemer’s The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy with elements of The X-Files.

 

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