Upper Middle Grade - Fantasy
While some might consider a mom who can see the future a blessing, Dagny knows it’s a curse – especially when her mom envisions an accident that involves the most popular girl at school.
Ostracized by the community, and hated by classmates who blame Dagny’s family for what happened, Dagny struggles to cope. Her world spirals further when her mom’s vision of her father dying in a fishing accident comes true. Shaken by the loss of the one person who understood her, she returns with her mom to Alyria, a city under the Icelandic rocks populated by elves and the Hidden—people her mom once claimed as her own. When visions begin to plague Dagny’s dreams, she turns to her new friends, who prove to be her most valuable allies when the visions turn out to be that of a forgotten enemy.
After an attack on Steinn, one of the city’s leaders, the residents of Alyria blame the elves and try to force them from the city. Dagny finds herself on the wrong side of the conflict, and Steinn accuses her of being an elf sympathizer then threatens to have her sent back to Ridley with her memories erased. Desperate to stay in a place she finally belongs, Dagny attempts to reveal Steinn as a traitor to rest of Alyria, but instead unleashes the creature from her visions who could cost her more than just her memories.
First 150 Words:
Footsteps match mine as I make my way down the hallway. Shadows blanket me, and my back tenses. What will it be this time? Tenina Anderson slithers by, knocking into my shoulder. Giggles and snorts come from all sides and my face burns. “This time your mom has gone too far,” Tenina says as she and her comrades surround me.
I back up against the lockers. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I say even though I have a pretty good idea.
“Your mom told my dad that she saw me covered in scars.” She waves her hand in front of her face as though painting a picture of what she’s going to look like.
Tenina’s dad has been obsessed with my mom. Last week he confronted her at the grocery store and again at the post office demanding to know what she saw in his family’s future.