Title: Alex Daily: Sometimes Superhero
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure
Tagline: New superpower every morning. 9:00 bedtime every night.
First 250 words:
The day before getting his first superpower, Alex Daily found himself climbing to the top of his stepdad’s forbidden twelve-foot ladder. The sun-soaked metal burned his fingers and the cardboard box under his arm kept catching beneath each rung and throwing him off balance. He’d be grounded for life if Mom or Walter caught him climbing this ladder. The worst part? He didn’t even want to climb it.
Melanie watched from below, a half-smile tugging at the corner of her tiny mouth. He was afraid of heights and of breaking rules, but he was most afraid of being called a wimp by a girl. Melanie was a tomboy but she still counted as a girl, and her half-smile (which threatened to open wide and start calling him names) was the only thing that kept him climbing.
When he got to the final rung he set the box on the little shelf at the top.
"Okay, Melanie, you ready?" Alex asked. He wanted to get it over with.
“No!” she said. “You have to go to the tip-top.”
"The box is on there. Besides, it’s made for paint cans and tools."
"Not that part, stupid. Look! You’ve still got a step to go."