Miss Stick’s Problem-Solving Agency

My current work-in-progress is a Middle Grade fantasy novel geared toward the younger end of the MG spectrum. This novel is currently in the editing phase and clocks in at around 30k words. Inspired by the great classic humorous SFF authors like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, along with current witty favorites such as Tahereh Mafi’s Furthermore and Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, this story is Toy Story meets Tim Burton meets My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.


The only thing you need to run a problem-solving agency is a clever brain—a real problem-solving wonder—and Miss Stick is a doll who certainly had that. But what you also need to run a successful problem-solving agency is a catchy way to advertise said clever brain and the willpower to shout it. This, Miss Stick did not have.

So when a teddy bear with a large sword appears at her door asking for help, she jumps at the opportunity to finally sign on her very first official client. Sword Lord can’t let go of the sword no matter what he tries, a serious problem for this tender-hearted bear.

To solve this problem, Sword Lord will have to confront the boy who wished for him. This goal sends Miss Stick and Sword Lord, along with Miss Stick’s dragon sidekick, on a journey across the Realm of Wishes to collect passcodes that will unlock access to the Realm of Humans.

Earning the passcodes will test the limit of their abilities, as will surviving a cast of questionable characters along the way. This case will either propel Miss Stick on her way to becoming the best problem solver in the Realm of Wishes, or it will be the untimely end of Miss Stick and her agency.

Character Moodboard

Worldbuilding Moodboard


**Link back to image source is available on my Miss Stick Moodboard Pinterest board.