Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Blurb Friday #56

Time for Book Blurb Friday! Every week, Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff posts a meme with a picture of a pretend book cover. Our challenge is to write a blurb of 150 words or fewer to go with it.  My blurb has 150 words.

Photo courtesy of Scott Liddell

Ty was in for a shock when he awoke for school…and it was a paw the size of a baseball mitt—with claws—that hit his IPod radio.

Ty Munson had enough problems. He was thirteen and not exactly one of the popular kids. Now he had to come to terms with the fact that he was a weretiger—like a werewolf, but a tiger. And werewolves, Ty learned, have it easy in comparison. They have the predictability of a full moon and the night as a cover.

Ty went into weretiger during increased sunspot activity…which meant it was during the day, and with very little warning.Now he seemed destined to spend his time hiding out, often in the school’s science storage room, trying to avoid trouble.

Then a classroom was taken hostage and no one knew what to do.

Except, that is, the tiger in the storage room.

Have to say I was jazzed about this one. In my mind, none of the kids have cell phones because of a recent crackdown, which middle schools do in my area.  And the teacher’s phone is in her purse locked away. And Ty, of course, can’t dial or text with those gigantor paws of his, so it’s up to him to save the day. Oh, by the way, can you see his initials to the left of his eye? The “M” is easier to spot, and the “T” is above it.  Have a grrreat weekend!
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” ~Ann Landers


  1. A weretiger? I see a whole new series of books rocketing to the top of the bestseller list.

  2. Your mind has gone galloping off into the weirdest realms with this one Tammy - I too did bullying, but not like this! and I love the lack of mobiles.

  3. I love this! It would be a marvellously entertaining book.

  4. Wild imagination at work here, but it makes me want to know how that Tiger saves the day!

  5. Tammy, you are great! I was laughing out loud right off the bat. This would be a super story that could be used to teach kids about safety during a school shooting or other disaster. Way to turn current events into a story; the solar storms included.

    I am surprised about the cell phone crackdown, though I can imagine how how distracting they would be. If I were a teacher I'd put it in my pocket on vibrate. Some college professors want you to text your answers in class ... they use them that way!

  6. What a great spin on the werewolf craze! This could really be something, especially with the twist you put in about the sunspot activity. Nice one!

  7. Don't forget to feed him Frosted Flakes - wouldn't want him to go hungry. That wouldn't be good for the rest of us..

  8. Love the premise. I'm glad to see the picture. For some reason I couldn't see it on Lisa's site.

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