JIN IN TIME
By Anne Van
35 Word Pitch:
Move in with a father you hardly know. Check. Start a new high school where your father is the principal. Check. Clean your grandmother’s vase and a genie pops out. Ch… Wait, what?
Seventeen-year-old Esme’s life is ripped apart when her beloved grandmother dies and she is sent to live with the father who abandoned her at the age of nine. Her only comfort is a gift from her grandmother—a vase with a dragon circling the neck. When Esme runs her finger along the dragon’s tail, a cute young guy in a Victorian suit pops out: Jin, her own private genie! When Jin informs Esme she has ten wishes, she can’t believe her luck. Now she can finally have the happy life and family she’s always dreamed of. But things get off to a bumpy start when the first wish goes terribly wrong (it turns out you can’t randomly wish for “Chunky Monkey” when you have a Victorian-era genie around).
Living with a genie is the least of her problems when she learns her father plans to marry a woman who could win evil-stepmother-of-the-year. Plus her daughter is the top mean girl at Esme’s new high school. Esme hopes to turn things around now that she has a genie to help her deal with her problems. The wishes are soon put to the test when Esme gets so jealous of the daughter for flirting with Jin, she wishes for her to live on Mars. Problem solved, until people at school start asking questions about where she went, Esme realizes ten wishes aren’t so awesome after all. Having a genie in her life just got very real.
It’s been eight years since I’ve seen my father and black-light posters of his favorite bands are still hanging all over the house. His 70’s obsession is going strong. Ugh. The roller bag wheels catch on the brown shag carpeting in my new bedroom. After the flight from California all I want to do is crash, but I need to make sure my grandmother’s vase survived the trip—the only thing I have left of her.
Carefully removing the bubble wrap, I run my hand along the cool porcelain. I touch the swirling dragon that circles the neck. A spark of energy spreads up my finger. What the heck? Static electricity from a pot? Rays of light radiate through the thin porcelain. Something catches my eye. There’s a note inside! I carefully coax the paper out. Someone has left a message—Grandma.
I trust you will take good care of Jin. He is very old and has quite an impressive history. You will be his fortieth owner. There is something special about Jin you must know. He has a way of bonding with his owner. The more time you spend with Jin the better your life will be. I know you’ve already been through so much. First your mother abandons you, and now I must leave you too. Living with your father after all these years will be difficult. But trust me, things will change for the better soon.
All my love forever,