Emily in my head

“Where am I?”

When twelve-year-old competitive swimmer Clare hears those words in her head, it is Halloween night, and there are stranger things about in the streets than an unfamiliar voice in her head. But Emily is still there the next morning. She shares Clare’s vision as well as her other senses, yet she knows things Clare does not, French vocabulary in particular.

Clare could do with help in French, especially as the French teacher hands out tests every other day, and Mom fears Clare’s daily swim practice keeps her from studying. Clare wants to get on the Provincial swim team, and Emily is happy to help. Until the day at the swim meet, when Clare finds out what it means to live with an aquaphobe in her head.

pool-deck

Middle Grade magical realism
Status: polished