GO TO POST #18
Twelve-year-old door-to-door salesman Manuel decides at the start of summer he won’t go home until he visits every house in his cursed hometown of Mulch City. What better way to live summer to the fullest than by meeting new people and sleeping under the stars?
At the start of his journey, an old lady gives Manuel a watch that keeps memories rather than time. The watch shows him the sometimes ordinary, sometimes extraordinary memories embedded in the neighborhoods. He uses the watch to unravel the mystery of Mulch City’s curse—the curse responsible for decades of economic woes, disastrous sports teams, and devastating personal tragedies.
Throughout the summer, Manuel also wins a hotdog eating contest, skins his knees in the Great Downhill Race, celebrates Birthankstermas, and more. The suburban odyssey is both a farewell to his youth and a test for his entry into manhood. He’ll really be a man if he visits the last house on his schedule—the house where the ghost who cursed Mulch City lives.
MULCH CITY is a 38,000 word middle grade novel with shades of sci-fi and magical realism. Thank you for your consideration.