GENRE: MG Fantasy
Tomas Murphy awoke early on the morning of April the fourth to find, much to his surprise, that the world had not in fact ended in a fiery ball of disaster. Just for good measure, he double checked the date on his alarm clock.
Tomas sighed. Four was the worst possible sort of number. Whenever the number four was involved, Tomas expected the worst. But double fours meant double the trouble. So it made sense that every single year, without fail, something terrible happened to him on April the fourth.
This trend went all the way back as far as Tomas could remember--right to the year Tomas turned four. That was the year his mother vanished without a trace, leaving only a note saying she couldn't handle the stress of parenthood, and how she hoped Tomas would have a good life without her.
At age eight, Tomas was expelled from school for supposedly breaking the arm of a fellow classmate. But in reality, Tomas had only tried to stop a bully from picking on an innocent brown-haired girl. It was only bad luck that the bully happened to slip on a candy bar wrapper and fall awkwardly on his right arm. But the curse of April-the-fourth made certain Tomas took the blame and, ultimately, the punishment.
So as Tomas sat up in bed on now the twelfth April-the-fourth of his life, he could not help but feel like something equally life-altering was in store for him.