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In my children’s chapter book series, MELODY`S MUSICAL ADVENTURES, a magical musical instrument transports a little girl, Melody, into the world of magic. Melody has adventures with a magical instrument and with the neighborhood kids, but still returns home for dinner. Melody finds an entire orchestra, while learning about history, geography, and problem solving.
“CANTAR, THE MAGIC GUITAR” is the title of the pilot/first book. Cantar is a magical guitar that talks to Melody, her pets, and other characters in the world of magic. Cantar was created by a Spanish magician in the 1500`s, then stolen by an English wizard, a friend of Merlin`s, and spirited across the Atlantic on the Mayflower. The guitar was passed down to Melody`s grandfather, who died before telling anyone that it had magical powers. Cantar glows and plays chords to let the audience know he`s magical. He sings and plays Flamenco music and speaks with a Spanish accent. Cantar only talks to Melody and other magical creatures. Cantar is a wise soul who gets Melody to and from the world of magic, yet lets her solve any problems she encounters there. He teaches Melody about music and lessons in life and is a positive role model for the viewers. The other musical instruments will also be positive role models, each with a backstory, bringing in the history and personality of a different country.
MELODY’S MUSICAL ADVENTURES is similar to children’s TV shows like THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS, LITTLE AMADEUS, and SUPER WHY and would fit in the Scholastic Branches series of illustrated chapter books.
I enjoy reading and writing action-adventures. My author heroes are Clive Cussler, Herman Wouk, and James Mitchner.
As a screenwriter, I have learned to omit words and write action. I read your article on pacing. My book was originally a script but I kept the fast pace. I want kids to be fascinated with interesting characters and adventures.
Early to middle grade readers want to explore magical worlds, which is what happens to eight year old Melody.
After a music store fire, Melody finds a charred old guitar, but doesn’t know that it is magical. Melody is shy and hates being picked on because she wears glasses. After a boy tosses down the guitar, Melody strums it and it talks back to her. Cantar, Spanish for song, was created by a Spanish magician and brought over to America on the Mayflower. Only Melody can see him. As Melody strums, Cantar takes her to another world, a sailing ship in a stormy sea. Melody rescues a puppy then brings him home. She convinces her parents to let her keep him and have guitar lessons. The last pages show chords so readers can learn the guitar.
CANTAR THE MAGIC GUITAR is the first in the MELODY’S MUSICAL ADVENTURES early chapter book series. The word count is 5289 words and it has been professionally edited. Future books will include Giocare, the Italian violin (giocare is Italian for play) and Doux, the French flute (doux is French for sweet), each with a backstory involving the country of origin of the musical character and a short music lesson.
My short story about learning to fly was included in a promotional book by Dare Perfume.
MELODY’S MUSICAL ADVENTURES would fit into the Scholastic Branches series of illustrated chapter books. It is similar to series like STELLA AND THE NIGHT SPRITES and ZOEY AND SASSAFRAS. Comparable TV shows would be THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS and LITTLE AMADEUS.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Rain falls on the old music shop.
Lightning hits the building, and strikes a small guitar on a shelf. It glows and plays a single chord. DA-DA.
BOOM! An explosion shoots flames skyward.
The guitar flies through the roof and lands in front of the shop, black with soot. It GLOWS and sings,
“I`m Cantar, the Magic Guitar. I`ll take you near and far.”
Fire trucks arrive and the uniformed men snake hoses to the building and spray the flames. They ignore the small dirty guitar.
A few hours later, eight-year old Melody strolls home from school. She wears her long brown hair in a ponytail. She wants to wear contact lenses but her mom says not until she’s older. Melody doesn’t like to have her glasses fall off. She hates the boys who make fun of her. What if they couldn’t see well? I wish they would leave me alone.
Melody skips past the shop, which is still smoking from the fire, then stops to watch the workers in the yard. One man throws the guitar towards a trash can. It misses and lands on the grass in front of Melody.
I can’t believe my good luck. She grabs it by the neck and holds it up. It has gold print at the top. Melody reads, C.F. Martin. Ugly black soot covers its nice brown color.
Melody looks at the men. I don’t know what to do. Mom and Dad said never talk to strangers.
Writing my WWII aviation CLIPPER script into a novel. Would love comments on what I’ve done so far.
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