Thanks to all for their invaluable comments. I have updated the query and am posting it below:
Nelle’s father ended his life when he couldn’t bear to be the laughingstock of the town any longer. With his wild claims of alien abductions, the last person Nelle wants to meet is an alien.
Now the thirteen year old seems to be living parallel lives. In one she discovers that she is the only surviving half alien, an anomaly, with amazing yet undiscovered (and thereby unknown) superpowers. In her other life, her normal life, she herself is unknown, forever hidden in her older brother’s notorious shadow. Her only saving grace is her empathy – but let’s face it – it can only take you so far.
Suddenly Nelle is forced to come out of the shadows in both of her lives. The world is ending soon and only the anomaly can stop the catastrophe. As if that weren’t enough, her brother seems to be heading from one disaster to another, and she is the only person capable of helping him.
With both her lives seemingly imitating each other, she has trouble figuring out which one is real. One thing is for certain though. It is time for Nelle to step up and put faith in her own abilities, if she wants to save what is dear to her.
ANOMALOUS is a middle grade fantasy, complete at 50000 words.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I understand you are looking for YA contemporary fiction and would like to send my manuscript "Anomalous" for your consideration.
A brief synopsis is as follows:
This is a story about a young girl who may be part alien, and who is the only one who can save the world.
This is a story about a young girl who is fully sidelined, and who is the only one who can save her brother.
Thirteen year old Nelle seems to be living two parallel lives.
In one, she finds out that Earth has been inhabited by the Egaelians, a travelling alien species since time immemorial, and she is the only surviving half-human half-alien. An anomaly. It is not until she encounters an archaic amulet and a sinister stranger, that she begins to figure out there's more to her than she realizes. Together with the amulet, she possesses surprising capabilities, including the ability to be an Immortal (and saving the Earth from destruction, of course).
In the other, she is who she has always been: Quiet, lonely and a loner-not-by-choice. Often ignored in favor of her troublesome brother Jo, and her notorious father before that, she has learned to keep her head down and avoid the spotlight, while yearning for attention. A misfit. Yet what she possesses is an amazing amount of empathy, with a little bit of freakishness, and is the only one who can help Jo, troubled and determinedly set on a doomed course. It doesn't help that bizarre natural disasters hit the town and he seems to be in their direct path. It is only Nelle who stands in the way and manages to save his life twice (but unable to stop his self destructive ways, after all).
She wins in the first one, but loses the other. The first one may never have happened at all.
But in the process she ends up wiser for all her ordeals, real or imagined, and discovers her own true self, her true friends and perhaps her first true love.
The finished draft of the manuscript is close to 50000 words and I would love to send it to you if you are interested.
This is my first novel. I have an online blog (link below) where I have published several short stories, articles and poems.
Thanks for your time. Look forward to hearing back from you.