Emily in my head

Twelve-year-old Clare is a competitive swimmer who dreams of making the elite team. When she hears a strange girl’s voice on Halloween night, she suspects her brother’s playing tricks on her. But Emily is inside Clare’s head—and she’s aquaphobic.

Even though Emily’s waking moments are intermittent and unpredictable, she gradually becomes the friend Clare’s been looking for since her best friend moved away. Clare senses she can help Emily return to her own life if she can find out where Emily came from. Still, her search for clues takes a backseat to swim practice as she strives to qualify for the elite team.

During the next swim meets, Emily’s fear of water overwhelms Clare, triggering false starts and a threat from her coach not to nominate her for the team. With the nomination deadline looming, Clare has to prove herself in the water and help Emily find the way back where she belongs.


Middle Grade speculative fiction
Status: polished