TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT: LAU DAI LÁ
GENRE: MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY
WORD COUNT: 41,000
Linh Briggston’s only friends are elves, fairies, and other magical creatures who live with her in Dublin, Ireland—friends she must never reveal to anyone. When a windhorse whisks the eleven-year-old girl from her home, she lands in Lau Dai Lá, a parallel world destroyed by black magic. There, she meets a male fairy named Tombo who warns her about a terrible threat from a group of dark magicians.
The magicians plan to enslave her in order to steal a powerful weapon, a magic crossbow, after discovering that she lives on Earth. With the crossbow, they will regain enough power to conquer Linh’s world. Linh faces a staggering task: to locate the crossbow before they do and to earn Tombo’s friendship, risking her life to stop them from putting her family, her magical friends, and humankind in grave danger.
Linh sighed in the hallway, her arms folded. She became bored of doing homework after school, so bored that she sat on the bottom step of the staircase and fiddled with the phoenix talisman around her neck. Suddenly, strange sounds came from the living room.
“Mom, are you already there?”
No response. Of course, her mother was at work.
They were probably mice. No surprise there. She’d grown used to hearing those horrible little rodents scuttling inside the clogged drainpipes at school. Likely they’d come out because of her house’s currently clogged drain.
Then she heard thumps within the wall. These couldn’t be mice—unless their tiny feet had grown overnight. She tiptoed toward the sound and tried to pinpoint its source.
One minute. Three. The sounds had stopped.
Stepping toward the large window, she pulled away the long, velvet curtains. She gasped. A narrow door stood beneath the window.