Dear Ms. Meadows,
Seventeen-year-old Tuuli thought she had her life figured out. High school. University. Medical school. But then she discovers her boyfriend-quarterback and team captain of the high school football team-is really a berserker, a descendant of the Viking beserkers. He has sworn an oath to protect her; problem is, neither he nor her mother will tell her what he's protecting her from.
But Tuuli's guarding her own secret: a freaky compulsion to help those who are hurt, which later develops into the ability to diagnose the sick and injured through touch. As Tuuli struggles to cope with the new skills, a memory loss, plaguing her only during her biology exams, results in failing grades. She and Markus-her best friend and the guy she was once in love with-search for the cause and a way to stop the memory loss from happening again.
Secrets about her mother's identity and an ancient Norse prophecy are revealed, leading Tuuli to question who she really is. But the truth is bigger than she could ever have imagined. She is a gifted one, a provider of immortality-a gift with potentially deadly consequences for her and the ones she loves.
UNWITTINGLY CHARMED is an 82,000-word, young adult paranormal novel for girls fourteen years and older.
A member of the SCBWI, I attended the annual New York City conference in 2007 and 2008, as well as the 2009 annual conference in LA. My writing credits include several parenting articles published in [two local parenting magazines].
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
1. In the white blood cell, what cell organelles are directly responsible for the digestion of bacteria?
Swallowing hard, Tuuli read the question for the third time. She had known the answer last night when she had studied. She had known it the night before that and the night before that even. So why not now? This was easy stuff. Any eleventh grade honor student who planned to attend med school could answer it. Just like any Minnesota Viking's football fan could easily list the team's quarterbacks.
She stared at the question, willing the right answer to emerge, but nothing changed.
2. Draw a diagram of the eukaryotic cell. Label and explain the function of its organelles.
Again nothing. Not even a hint. Failure pulsated through her veins as she closed her eyes and tried to visualize the structure. She attempted to draw something that looked vaguely familiar, but she couldn't be sure it was an eukaryotic cell. Maybe it was the other type, the name of which she couldn't remember.
She stared at it for a moment, struggling to recall the names of the organelles, but nothing came to mind. She wrote down an answer but then scratched it out. Something about it didn't seem right.
Shaking her head in disbelief, she moved on to the next question. But the same problem haunted her with each one she tried. Nothing seemed familiar even though deep down she was positive she had known it all before lunch.