Excerpt of Chapter One: Welcome to Lawrencehill
I have this mild obsession with Harry Potter. When I was eleven I made a wish. I wished to go to boarding school, to a place like Hogwarts. I wanted to have instant friends like Harry’s, friends who would always be there when it mattered.
Well, I’m finally getting to go to boarding school. Unfortunately I stopped making that wish six years ago.
“Aziza!” snapped my mom. “Are you listening to me?” She wore her hair in its usual style, a tightly woven braid that ran down her back. Even though she never took her eyes off the road, I could tell she wasn’t pleased.
“Yes, mother,” I said, taking the time to let every syllable roll off my tongue. “I hear you.” Then I leaned against the hot car window, trying to block my mother as she droned on about the school’s history. After a few minutes I shifted my body to face hers, “I still don’t understand why I have to go there.”
My mother glared at me, bringing the car to a screeching halt at a red light, sending my head straight back into the headrest. “You do not want to come with me, so….”
“I know, mom” I said. “But why can’t I stay at Bardin, what’s one more year?”
“Aziza,” warned my mother. “We’ve already discussed this.” Then she turned to face forward as she waited for the light to change; her way of saying the conversation was over.
My face hardened as I leaned back against the window. I was furious, but it had been my choice. As much as I hated the idea of transferring schools, there was no way I was going to Cairo.
BLOOD OF ISIS (Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy; Word Count: 60,000) is an unpublished completed manuscript, I am currently in the process of editing it and preparing to send out queries to agents.