The Spindle Tree

Danny Dunne dunnedan56@gmail.com 827523235899

HISTORICAL FICTION MELODRAMA MYSTERY DRAMA EPIC FAMILY

20th Century (multiple decades)

Danny Dunne

Logline

The Spindle Tree is the story of Sarah Cregan who takes drastic measures to protect her younger brothers from being taken into care when her mother dies suddenly, when her father is away working in England. She hides her mothers body in an old mausoleum awaiting her fathers return. As the days go by there is no sign of him. The world still thinks her mother is still alive, but all is not as it seems. Returning years later, she must face the past. Will the the house of cards come tumbling down or will she find redemption?

Genre

Historical Fiction, Melodrama, Mystery, Drama, Epic, Family

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

The Irish midlands, during one of the worst winters 1962/63.

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

Sarah Cregan's attempts to protect her younger brother from being taken into care, following the death of her mother. Hiding her body in an old mausoleum, she must pretend that she's alive and keep things going till her father returns from working in England. But then he cannot be contacted.

Ending Description

Sarah and her brothers return to their home village in 2003 to bury their father. Their neighbour Pat Rearden, a close family friend is dying in the local retirement home. Aged 90 years, he reveals to the Cregan family the circumstances of the events of 1963 and his part in their redemption.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Twist

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Main Character Details

Name: Sarah Cregan

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Modest, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Confident, Desperate, Faithful, Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Joe

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Sergeant Greene

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Packy

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous

Logline

The Spindle Tree is the story of Sarah Cregan who takes drastic measures to protect her younger brothers from being taken into care when her mother dies suddenly, when her father is away working in England. She hides her mothers body in an old mausoleum awaiting her fathers return. As the days go by there is no sign of him. The world still thinks her mother is still alive, but all is not as it seems. Returning years later, she must face the past. Will the the house of cards come tumbling down or will she find redemption?

Short Summary

Sarah Cregan's attempts to protect her younger brother from being taken into care, following the death of her mother. Hiding her body in an old mausoleum, she must pretend that she's alive and keep things going till her father returns from working in England. But then he cannot be contacted.


Sarah and her brothers return to their home village in 2003 to bury their father. Their neighbour Pat Rearden, a close family friend is dying in the local retirement home. Aged 90 years, he reveals to the Cregan family the circumstances of the events of 1963 and his part in their redemption.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Voyage and Return

Characters

Main Character

Name: Sarah Cregan

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Modest, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Confident, Desperate, Faithful, Leader

Character 1

Name: Joe

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Honorable

Character 2

Name: Sergeant Greene

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident

Character 3

Name: Packy

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous

Supplemental Materials