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Prisoner of the Molepeople query, draft 3

Though sixteen-year-old Ann wanted to have a transcendental experience in the mountains, she certainly didn’t expect a mole man to pop out of the ground and invite her to another world. Wearing a yellow spelunking helmet, the dirty creature named Bobbert McBilliam promises the adventure of a lifetime. Ann has been longing for an opportunity to prove to her danger-loving boyfriend that she’s not a hopeless worry wart, but this is a little much … isn’t it? What would Henry David Thoreau do?

Unfortunately, the city of Molemania, powered by stolen electricity and stinking of car exhaust, turns out to be less than fantastic. The Molish prince, a neurotic creep in a Star Wars t-shirt, is smitten by Ann’s “hotness” and gives her three days to prepare for a shotgun wedding. With an entire nation working against her, not to mention the dark powers of the “undergods”, Ann wonders if she’ll ever see the light of day again. She has two choices: (1) confront the impossible and rescue herself, or (2) admit that she’s a damsel in distress and let her boyfriend save the day … shudder.

PRISONER OF THE MOLEPEOPLE (85,000 words) is an urban fantasy / romantic comedy for a middle grade audience. I am the author and illustrator of the Whitney Award nomination THE BENT SWORD, published by Cedar Fort Inc in 2010. As well as an author, I’m a film maker, puppeteer, and action hero. This imaginative, off-the-wall adventure will delight young readers who enjoy the magic of THE SISTERS GRIMM series and the quirkiness of Daniel Pinkwater. I invite you to enter the silly world of Molemania, where down is up, light is dark, and nothing is as it appears.

STEPHEN GASHLER
491 N 1025 W
Orem, UT 84057
801-494-3440
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If you would like to consider PRISONER OF THE MOLEPEOPLE, I’d be happy to forward the complete manuscript at your request. Thank you for your time and consideration. This is a simultaneous submission.

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