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WORDYSOD : Michael Lawrence                          

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Orson Quirk is a boy who, after falling down a Green Hole in the ground while clutching a bunch of superhero comics, emerges with every super power ever dreamed up by comic writers and illustrators - powers that take him over at the most inconvenient times and aren't always easy to control.

The first of several proposed adventures of a human boy (a weenie) adopted as a baby by Giant Sunkenditch and his wife April-May and brought up as one of their own, but smaller. The Sunkenditches call him Snottridge, an old family name, though this is soon shortened (given his size) to Snott.

Young Ebenezer Scrooge is the only boy still at his boarding school during the summer holiday as his father doesn't want him at home. Very lonely, he is visited by three Spirits who warn him of three more to come; three who will tell him of the dreadful future that's in store for him if he doesn't watch out.

On his tenth birthday, Doogie Dander receives a mysterious package that provides no indication as to who sent it. The package contains a stamp album and a very odd magnfying glass, and Doogie finds that he can enter some of the stamps, be transported to their locations or scenes, from some of which it's not easy to escape. Who sent him the album, and why is he drawn into so many of the stamps?

Michigan-born Demelza lives in England with her English mother, who learns that she's inherited a deregulated railway station from a relative she barely knew. When they move to the very rundown place, Demelza discovers things that aren't quite ordinary, not least an ancient suit of armour with a young man inside it. A young man who, each time he lifts his visor, is a bit older, with a bit more history.

A proposed series for younger children about Lewis Carroll's Alice before she goes to Wonderland and through the looking glass. While not echoing Carroll's Victorian usage, the tone would have been light and humorous - ideal for reading aloud - the character and settings fairly timeless, the stories as unpredictable and rich in oddball characters and situations as LC's.

Writers of fiction are generally known for the books they have published, not the ones they have not. I don't know how it is for others, but I've always had more ideas than I've managed to sell - a surplus which tumbrels of agents and editors decided against, often to my bafflement or chagrin.

Time has passed since I sent out all those things and rather than dispose of them I have brought together extracts from a number of them in this book - extracts interpolated with comments from me and snatches of correspondence from some of the literary gatekeepers who turned them down. If curious to read of one agent's responses to one of these offerings, click the cover on the left.

The book is available as an ebook from Amazon. See here: Amazon.