Dear Ms. Agent,
Eleven-year-old Mike loves all things science and science fiction and is determined to become an astronaut—assuming he can escape fifth grade with all the body parts required by NASA.
While hiding from the school bully, he meets an alien who tells him Earth will be surrounded by an anti-flight field unless humans are defined by which planets they can safely visit. On top of saving space flight, Mike figures he’ll gain scientific experience as he records the effects of candies from an intergalactic test dispenser. But the sprinkles on the sundae? Temporary bully-stomping, superhero side-effects.
Mike’s ordered not to tell anyone, but how could he hide something as cool as first alien contact from his best friend? Good thing he spilled the Jellybeans because he needs his friends to save him from a fish transformation—complete with gills, webbed fingers, and flipper feet.
It’s all flying and invisibility games until fake federal agents invade town. Forget bullies, Mike must save himself and his friends from alien Interstellar Enforcers determined to leave them in permanent stasis at the bottom of a mine so they can’t tell the world aliens exist.
MIGHTY MIKE AND THE INTERGALACTIC CANDY DISPENSER is an MG sci-fi/adventure complete at 49,000 words. It should appeal to those who enjoy the quirky characters in Nathan Bransford’s Jacob Wonderbar series or the problem solving skills of Marcia Wells’s Eddie Red.
I live in Colorado and train endurance horses while trying not to use my physics degree to calculate trajectories of unplanned dismounts.
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