The Interdependent Web – 300 Word Synopsis

300-Word Synopsis of the Interdependent Web

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Eleven-year-old Jonathan Alexander’s steel-gray eyes swept the school yard and saw no one to come to his aid. He said the words that he had bottled up within himself the whole school year, “I’m not going to flunk my courses by letting you cheat off me, Piggy Iggy.”

While fleeing from the bully Jonathan gets lost, runs across a covered bridge, and hides. His friend, Rahim, tricks Iggy and his cronies into looking elsewhere for Jonathan. The two explore the fantastical jewelry store.

Simultaneously, another of their sixth-grade classmates, Jade Chen, is lead to the same store by her pet hamsters, who suddenly can talk.

When circumstances bring them together, they discover that they each possess one of the three Rings of Understanding. To save the world from destruction by a masked rogue planet, they must restore communication, understanding, cooperation, and synergy between all species.

They team up with wizard shopkeepers, their teacher, plants and three kinds of “imaginary” creatures: dragons, unicorns, and mermaids to re-establish extrasensory communications between animals and plants and restore an organic worldwide defense matrix. Last employed 65 million years ago, this matrix is the only hope for Earth’s survival.

Although the efforts of Jonathan, Rahim and Jade are constantly criticized, and the world’s leaders seem not to accept the fact that a rogue planet will strike Earth causing 98% of all life to be wiped out, the plant network created by the three children arranges for a worldwide broadcast of music. The piece engenders world-wide inter-species harmony and empowers the creation of a shield that changes the course of the rogue planet.

Eventually, Jonathan and his friends, are hailed as the force behind the revitalized Interdependent Web of All Existence and credited with the survival of life on Earth.

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Hi Alan — Congrats on Grandfatherhood! I love the story behind this story.

My questions:

1. Why does Jack the Cat need to narrate this story? If he does, why are the number of whiskers he has important? Should Jack just be a character in his own separate book? Because he is kind of cool!

2. Counting books are still popular at my library and I think this would fit in with that “genre.” But I would make this story more clearly in Miss Liss’s POV. Also, “Miss Liss” makes her sound like a teacher or adult or something, not a baby. Can she just be “Lissy” or another name?

Good luck!

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Although we all love the little games we create with our kids, it’s hard to translate them into books. My primary concern for this is that the illustrations would just be of faces and fingers. I’m not sure they would hold a toddler’s attention. Also, I don’t think Lissy is thinking like a four-month old. Her thoughts sound far older.

I must agree … about the cat. He does sound cool.

I hope this is helpful.

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Hello Alan,
A school for toys is a fun idea:) Reminds me of Rudolph & the Island of Misfit Toys.
I agree with …’s advice. As written, the principal comes up with the solution. Also, there’s no build up of tension. And as … mentioned also mentioned, bully-turns-friend is a common theme, so yours would really need to stand out. Can kids relate to your characters?
Are they cheering for Salt Shaker Egg? The characters are a bit confusing to me. The combination of toys and knickknacks is curious…knickknacks as I know them are not meant to be played with. And the bully is not even a knickknack, but a hard boiled ostrich egg?
Is there some reason these two characters need to be eggs? It seems arbitrary. Think about how you can make your two main characters more fun and relatable to young kids, and let the story grow from there!
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