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.
When children wish for things, they appear out of thin air in a world parallel to our own. In this magical realm, the mishmash of wished-for toys and creatures do the best they can to get along. They build houses and towns from wished-for candy and building blocks, ride wished-for flying cars, and generally live happy lives.
But wishes are not foolproof. Sometimes, things go wonky. Thankfully, Miss Stick’s Problem-Solving Agency is there to help. Miss Stick is a no-nonsense kind of doll who puts her wits to work helping others.
Her newest client, Sword Lord, is a teddy bear who has a most peculiar problem. Swords keep popping up around him! To resolve this ongoing sword problem, Miss Stick determines that they must stop the wish at its source—the human boy who wished for Sword Lord and his swords.
Miss Stick and Sword Lord, along with Miss Stick’s cranky dragon sidekick and a friendly pink garden gnome, embark on a journey across the fantastical land of wishes to collect the passcodes that will allow them passage to the Realm of Humans.
This ensemble cast must all grow to overcome their own struggles and learn to work as a team to survive scary monsters, difficult decisions, and tricky tests—but nothing beats the satisfaction of helping new friends along the way.
**Link back to image source is available on my Miss Stick Moodboard Pinterest board.