As one of the four members of the Sciencetastic SuperGirls after-school club, 12-year-old Julia Veltman knows plenty about science, but she’s never heard of dark energy. So when a substitute teacher starts raving about it (complete with vague warnings regarding some dire event next Tuesday), she writes him off as a wackadoodle – until she discovers that dark energy actually exists. But this twitchy sub isn’t sharing everything, and the SuperGirls are determined to go all superspy to find out more.
After several elaborate plans involving dental floss, lip gloss, and an elevator in the most unexpected place, the SuperGirls discover a secret, dark energy-detecting, underground super collider, run by none other than Julia’s physicist parents. Which would be wicked awesome, if it didn’t mean that Julia’s parents have been lying to her for half her life. And not only are her parents just days away from announcing some earth-shattering discovery, but there’s an army of ninjas about to kidnap Julia in order to stop them. What the ninjas don’t know, of course, is that Julia’s not the kind of girl who will quietly sit tied up in a closet – and those other Sciencetastic SuperGirls aren’t about to let a bunch of dudes in black outfits stand between them and one of their own.
Complete at 63,000 words, SCIENCETASTIC SUPERGIRLS is a standalone middle grade novel with series potential. It has an action-packed, girl-powered mystery similar to Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series but for a younger audience. I am a member of SCBWI, and this is a multiple submission.