TITLE: The Legend of Itasca
GENRE: YA Magical Realism
Fifteen-year-old Jeni buys a Native American artifact and unintentionally frees a mythic underwater monster which drowns victims in the icy waters of Lake Itasca. If she can escape the human minion sent to steal the artifact and eliminate her, Jeni must then lure the monster back into captivity before it kills again.
Fourteen family members. One cottage.
If Jeni wanted to avoid Tyler - and she did - she had her work cut out for her. Only the bathroom or the bedroom she shared with her grandma would provide complete refuge from her cousin.
Tyler appeared in the living room doorway as if he'd heard her thoughts. Jeni stuck her nose farther into her book, hoping to go unnoticed.
No such luck.
He beelined straight for her and jiggled keys in her face when she refused to acknowledge him. "Wanna drive?"
"C'mon. I know you need the practice hours."
"Not that bad."
"Mmm. Or maybe you're chicken because you suck at driving."
Closing her book, Jeni glared at her cousin. "I doubt my parents will let me anyway."
Jeni watched Tyler's eyebrow inch up under his shaggy hair and blew out an exasperated sigh. "Fine." Though the answer would be no, Tyler wouldn't give up until he heard it for himself.
A few minutes later, stunned and ticked off that her mom agreed with the idea, Jeni stalked out of the cottage. Tyler leaned on the deck rail, a smile playing at the corners of his mouth. He tossed Jeni his keys.
She wanted to tell him exactly what he could do with his keys, but they'd be here for a week. Better to prove she could drive than get badgered about it for days.
Except - was ridiculing her driving skills enough for Tyler? He must have something else up his sleeve.