TITLE: Fix Your Life!
GENRE: MG Contemporary Fantasy
April vacation starts the second the bell rings. The whole sixth grade streams out the door whooping and laughing and high-fiving. Groups of kids peel off in different directions. At my corner, I wave goodbye to my friends and head down my street alone. I stop to tie a flapping shoelace and when I straighten up, there’s a strange little man right in front of my face.
Yikes! I jump back. Where did he come from? I look up. Did he fall out of a tree?
“Greetings!” he says. “I’m Dexter, the host of Fix Your Life! The reality TV show that says what it does, and does what it says.”
Even my five-year-old sister Taylor knows you’re not supposed to speak to strangers, but I can’t stop myself.
“You don’t look like a TV host.”
He looks like a deranged elf; scrawny and a little hunched over, not much taller than me. He’s wearing a green, satin baseball jacket, tan chinos, high top Converse sneakers and a Yankees cap with the visor in the back. I do a quick visual sweep of the neighborhood. There’s no one else around, no cameramen, no production crew, no people.
He pokes his long, skinny nose in my face. “As you’ll soon find out, what you get is not always what you see, Little Lady.”
I lean backwards. This guy is not making sense. And if he is who he says he is how did he get here? People don’t just appear.