The Christmas Maze

Danny Fahey dbfahey@bigpond.com 1298336612411

FANTASY FAMILY SUSPENSE / THRILLER YOUNG ADULT FABLE CHILDREN'S DRAMA ADVENTURE CRIME MYSTERY

1960s & '70s

Danny Fahey

Logline

One beautiful summer’s evening in 1964, Matthew and his sister Carla are out in the front yard playing games. A Valiant station wagon stops outside their house and the driver offers the children a puppy but on one condition – because the mummy dog doesn’t like boys, only Carla can go with him to get the puppy. Matthew never sees Carla again.

Genre

Fantasy, Family, Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult, Fable, Children's, Drama, Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Melbourne, Australia and then another "land"

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: No

Starting Description

Matthew blames himself for Carla’s loss. The one hope Matthew has is his belief in the story his parents told him every Christmas about The Christmas Maze and how it gave hope to naughty children who did terrible things.

Ending Description

Matthew discovers it was he that was kidnapped. In forgiving the kidnapper, Matthew is saved. Story ends with Matthew attending High School. On his first day meets a new teacher.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist, Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: Matthew Malloy

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heroic, Lone Wolf, Insecure, Naive, Perseverance, Underdog, Complex, Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Lou Key

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Decisive, Desperate, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Flexible, Secretive, Skillful, Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Gary Newman

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Aggressive, Criminal, Desperate, Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Carla Malloy

Age: 7

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate, Naive, Obedient

Logline

One beautiful summer’s evening in 1964, Matthew and his sister Carla are out in the front yard playing games. A Valiant station wagon stops outside their house and the driver offers the children a puppy but on one condition – because the mummy dog doesn’t like boys, only Carla can go with him to get the puppy. Matthew never sees Carla again.

Short Summary

Matthew blames himself for Carla’s loss. The one hope Matthew has is his belief in the story his parents told him every Christmas about The Christmas Maze and how it gave hope to naughty children who did terrible things.


Matthew discovers it was he that was kidnapped. In forgiving the kidnapper, Matthew is saved. Story ends with Matthew attending High School. On his first day meets a new teacher.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Matthew Malloy

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heroic, Lone Wolf, Insecure, Naive, Perseverance, Underdog, Complex, Desperate

Character 1

Name: Lou Key

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Decisive, Desperate, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Flexible, Secretive, Skillful, Sophisticated

Character 2

Name: Gary Newman

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Aggressive, Criminal, Desperate, Manipulative

Character 3

Name: Carla Malloy

Age: 7

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate, Naive, Obedient

Supplemental Materials

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