Middle grade mystery – 49,000 words
Months ago, Ember, a young rainbow boa, was tricked by a fellow snake into breaking the One Law of the wild—never kill without need. As a result, she was banished from her rainforest, the home she craves, and forced to live in a human zoo. When a zookeeper is found dead, the accused lion, the King of the zoo, asks Ember to track down the real culprit before he’s executed. Ember agrees. Not because she’s looking to make friends—she isn’t—but because the King promises he’ll help her return home. If she succeeds.
Ember soon learns, however, not every animal wants the stern lion to live. The lioness has her motives, for instance. And Sabine the tiger is plotting to oust the King and put the zoo’s residents under her paw. When she blackmails Ember, Ember must choose between joining the tiger or joining her dinner menu. But even if Ember proves the King is innocent, she must still find a way to share her evidence with the zookeepers before they put the lion down. If she fails, she’ll lose her one chance to return home—and possibly her life.
This novel was selected for Pitch Wars 2018 and was paired with mentor G. Z. Schmidt – Read our Pitch Wars interview here