Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sweet Saturday Samples: A Glimpse Into My New Middle Grade Project

Welcome to another Sweet Saturday Samples!

I'm very excited this week for a couple of reasons. First, for the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing snippets from the new Middle Grade project I'm working on called, "Sensational Friends Forever." It's a bit different from the usual work I do in that it's geared to a much younger crowd, but the subject matter is so sweet. It's actually based on a true story and this is the best way I can think of to tell it...for now.

The other bit of news is that starting the first Sweet Saturday Sample in February, I'm going to start doing the segments over on my author blog. I've decided to put all of my writing posts over there while keeping this one focused on 'sensational' families, eating healthy and music. It'll be easier for readers to find my writing stuff and easier for me to keep track of things. We'll see how it works out.

Let's get straight to it!

This is the Prologue and the only part of the book, aside from the Epilogue, that will be written in first person.


Hey! Welcome to Sweet Grass Elementary. Mrs. Baulkham told me that I’m your School Buddy. That’s just the name they give to the kid that gets to show you around and stuff. No big deal. I don’t know why teachers give you these fancy names just to make a job sound fun. It’s so lame.

So, my name is Rita and you can sit right here with me for now, okay? Hang tight. I know everyone and all the stuff in the school so you got put with the right girl. Grade Four will be a breeze, trust me.

Are you nervous? I bet it’s kind of scary being in a new place and starting in a new school. Then you have to make new friends too. That can suck. You know, it can be really tough making friends, especially when you’re a kid. Grown ups don’t ‘get’ that. They really don’t. They pair you up with someone or put together one of those play dates, thinking because they all get along that all us kids will too. It doesn’t work a lot of the time. I mean, c’mon! I’m nine and my mom still tries fixing me up with other kids. It’s just so embarrassing. Just because I’m shy and sort of quiet doesn’t mean I can’t make my own friends or that other kids don’t want to hang out with me. I don’t need lots of friends. I mean, like I said, I know everyone but I like kids that play with the same stuff I do and don’t care that I just want to be quiet sometimes. You know, friends that are still there no matter what even when you do stupid stuff…or they do. That’s what I learned from Maya and Jenna.

You never heard of them? Seriously? Wow. I thought everyone knew about those guys because they were, like, famous. Well, in our school they were. Oh, yeah, that’s right. You’re new so of course you never heard of them. Duh! See? We all do crazy things sometimes.

Hey, I know. Why don’t I tell you about them while we’re waiting? It’s a pretty cool story. They taught everyone around here what a true friendship is, even when one person has something…special about them. And other kids also learned that there is never just one ‘right’ way of doing stuff.

Well, that's it for this week. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and, hopefully, we'll see you again next week. OH! And be sure to go back and visit all the fantastic writers on the Sweet Saturday Samples list.

Until next time...


Guilie said...

Nice excerpt, Chynna. I'm not really into YA, but this sounds compelling. You did an interesting thing starting out the story like this.

Rena said...

I'm looking forward to it. :)

Chynna said...

Hi Guilie and Rena! =)

Thanks for your input, Guilie. I've never started a book this way so it's good to know it 'works'.

I'm glad you like it, Rena. I think I've figured out the perspective of who'll tell the story now so I can get goin'.

Thanks for checking it out you guys.


Sherry Gloag said...

I'm in the Uk so 'hearing' this intro, works well for me. YOu have certainly caught my intrest doing it this way.

Chynna said...

Hi Sherry! Cool! Thanks for your input. I'm inspired to keep going. =D


Sandy Nachlinger said...

You're off to a great start! I have a friend who has written several YA books, and I know it's not always easy to get the language right. You've done a great job -- your narrator sounds just like a kid, and I like her already.

Chynna said...

Aw, Sandy. Thank you so much. That is huge compliment. I guess I'm lucky in that have young ones around and sort of use each of them as inspiration for my stories. hee hee! =)

See you next time. <3


Lindsay said...

Great opening. I'm more into YA than MG but this one started right off gettting my attention

Chynna said...

WOW! That's quite a compliment, Lindsay. Thanks so much for your input! <3


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