New draft in #16
Hey there, any help with this draft would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
To twelve-year-old Huey Crescent, words like red, blue and colour are banned. To say them gets him in almost as much trouble as taking off his oversized glasses when the sun’s still up. But it’s only when Huey’s parents die in a car accident and he’s sent to a foster home that he learns why: Huey has Achromatopsia, total colourblindness. A truth his parents spent their lives trying to protect him from.
Before leaving Crescent Farm, Huey makes his parents, who are buried under an apple tree on the farm, and all his beloved animals, a promise: he will make it back home, no matter what it takes. At first, his foster parents appear kind and welcoming, but soon he learns it’s all an act for the authorities. They keep him in the leaky attic at the top of their triangle-shaped house and threaten to make his life a living hell should he attempt to tell anyone the truth. Trapped with foster kids who make fun of his oversized glasses and quivering eyes, Huey begins planning an escape.
He finds an unlikely ally in the mysterious Bibi, an always-smiling girl who wears “Blind is Beautiful” T-shirts and seems to come and go as she pleases. Though her ideas are always nuttier than crunchy peanut butter, she shows Huey that he doesn’t need to see colours to have a colourful life, and soon they’re more than friends. They’re partners in crime.
Under the guise of walking the family dog, Huey and Bibi map the neighbourhood and work out the best route back to Crescent Farm. But the journey will be dangerous, especially because one can’t see the colour of the traffic lights and the other can’t see full stop. But if the partners in crime fail to make it back to the safety of Huey’s farm, then Huey would’ve broken the promise to his parents and his animals, and they will be forever trapped in that nightmarish foster home, with no hope of a life in colour.
A LIFE IN COLOUR is a standalone Middle Grade Contemporary novel, complete at 55,000 words. It’s WONDER meets A MONSTER CALLS, with the added animal charm of PAX. I’ve recently had two crime fiction books published with Carina UK (now HQ Stories), a subsidiary of Harper Collins.
Thank you for your consideration,