TITLE: Fix Your Life!
GENRE: Contemporary Fantasy
Thirteen-year-old Megan wishes she could ditch her family. She’s stuck in the middle between her over-achieving big brother and insufferably cute baby sister, and all she gets from her parents is NO. Then the producers of the reality show, Fix Your Life!, steal her super-secret-do-not-read-on-pain-of-death journal and grant her wish. Poof—her family disappears. Megan has seven days to solve a series of clues to bring them back or they’ll be gone forever.
My father flaps a sheet of neon pink paper at me. “What is this, Megan?”
Ambushed. One more step and I would have been out the door.
“How should I know? I can’t see it while you’re waving it in my face.” I’m lying. I know what it is. If the color didn’t give it away, the strips I’d cut into the bottom and written my cell number on would have.
“Don’t be rude young lady.” He holds the paper between his thumb and index finger like it’s something gross. “I don’t recall giving you permission to sell your flute.”
I knew he’d be mad, so I’d figured out my defense ahead of time. “It was mine! You gave it to me.”
“I bought it for you to learn how to play. Musical instruments are not currency in this house. I forbid you to sell it.”
Too late. A lady saw my flyer in the library last week and called. She gave me a hundred dollars for it. That was how much more I needed to buy my new Trek bike, which I’d already done.
“It was mine,” I repeat. I said I had a defense. I didn’t say it was fancy.
Dad was slow, but he wasn’t dumb. “You already sold it, didn’t you?”
“Can we talk about this later? I’m going to be late for school.” I open the door at the same time hoping he’ll say yes. If I’m late one more time it’s detention city.