Sunday, 15 January 2012

Book Blurb Friday #46 Alexis in the World


Lisa asks contributors to write a book blurb inspired by an illustration. The challenge is to write an enticing blurb in 150 words or less that will encourage potential readers to buy the book.

Here is this week's illustration followed by my contribution.
Photo copyright Joseph Claro

Alexis in the World
The Biggins children walk home by the canal every day. One day they hear a voice calling to them from the water. Looking down they find a strange female creature beseeching them to help her onto dry land. Taken in by her laments they pull her from the canal whereupon she begs food and shelter. Feeling sorry for her they take her to their house and hide her in the attic. They name her Alexis.

What follows is a series of increasingly bizarre misadventures that lead to problems in the entire neighbourhood as the children try to cope with Alexis’ inquisitive spirit.  Will Alexis learn to conform or is she destined always to be a troublesome outsider? Will she ever return to her watery home?

(129 words including title)

18 comments:

  1. I hope Alexis takes the children on numerous adventures and never goes home.

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  2. Oh my goodness, Janice. I'm intrigued and repelled at once by this "strange female creatured" they call Alexis, and by the trouble she causes.
    Who or what is she? If she conforms, will she fit in? I'd have to buy the book in order to find out!
    K

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  3. This has the ingredients for a terrific children's story, and you've got me wondering about Alexis. My first thought was mermaid, but I think that's too obvious. You've got something else up your sleeve. But what?!

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  4. You are quite a good writer. I enjoyed your blurb. :)

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  5. Your blurb would have got me buying the book.

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  6. If I remember it correctly this has a lot in common with John Wyndham's 'Chocky' - one of my children's long-term favourites, so this could well be a winner.

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  7. Okay...I want to read this book to find out about Alexis. and the kids.

    ...So...does she ever return to her watery home?

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  8. I could see my granddaughter devouring a story like this. Good blurb.

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  9. I'd buy the book if this was the teaser.

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  10. Doesn't take much for an adventure to start!

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  11. I wish I lived near a lake when I was growing up :/

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  12. An intriguing plot. Wonder if Alexis will invite the boys to visit her home?

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  13. we used to drop a leaf at one side, and then do exactly as the kids are doing, and wait for the leaf to float by.

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  14. Right, when is the book coming out? And will it be exclusively for children or cross-genre?

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  15. Wonderful Janice - I think you could link this to the week's Mag (formerly Magpie Tales) too!

    Best wishes
    Isabel

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  16. But what 'hook' should start their story?

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