This weekend’s creeping up on me, so I thought I would avail myself of you, my loyal readers and fellow scribes. I’m being given one page and five minutes to pitch a series to a real live author at the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference. Having no clue how to do this I took the advice to make it sound like a query. After several attempts, this is what I got…
Eleven-year-old Schmitty believed pirates were the most despicable excuses of living creatures; less than human, with missing limbs and bloody entrails. His grandfather had told him so. And his grandfather knew. After all, he was not just a Navy admiral. He was the admiral. So imagine Schmitty’s surprise when, upon his mother’s death, he was sent—well, not exactly sent—to live with the father he’d never met, who just happened to be captain of a pirate ship.
Add a tendency for seasickness, a half-missing ear and a rather annoying case of amnesia, and Schmitty’s pirate career doesn’t start out too well. Worse still are nightmares reminding him of a friend he cannot remember and a death he cannot forget.
As Schmitty adapts to life among the pirates of San Iguana, he befriends Robin, a wisecracking cockatoo who would prefer to be left alone, and sassy Wendy Blackthorn, whose favorite solution to her problems is to run away.
Schmitty will need their help, because not all is what it seems. His mother’s death was no accident. It seems a mysterious ring, which somehow ended up on his father’s finger, is cursed. Now, a secret society, the Sons of Orpheus, believe Schmitty is the key to finding a mythical, lost treasure. Find the treasure - rule the world. Simple enough, but breaking the curse could lead to answers he may not want to hear. Or it could lead to certain death.
SCHMITTY THE PIRATE AND GRIMSTOKE’S CURSE is the first of a series following Schmitty’s adventures on the high seas, through deadly jungles, and beneath underground crypts in a race to find the greatest treasure ever lost.
Along the way, Schmitty must uncover traitorous lies, learn to be a son to a reluctant father, and, maybe, even fall in love. And, if he stays ahead of the Sons of Orpheus, save the world.