|Illustration by Kelly Murphy|
I did the only thing I could think of. I turned Agdz into a giant scorpion. Then, in a somewhat comic scene beside an underground river, chubby Duncan slips as he runs away from her, skidding into her vast scorpion body and knocking her into the river, where she sinks beneath the bubbling surface. But even turning her into a monster didn't do the trick. In the end I wrote Agdz out of the script, replacing her with two characters: Mina, a fiery young girl from an ancient desert tribe, and a mad scientist named Olivia. Hopefully that's the last I'll ever see of Agdz: a scorpion-skeleton floating down underground rivers beneath the Sahara.
Thanks to Kate Hannigan for featuring my book on her very cool blog Author Of. Kate says:
"Want to take the kids on an exotic adventure, but haven't got the budget? Well there's hope! Christine Brodien-Jones' thrilling fantasy/adventure "The Scorpions of Zahir" is sure to thrill those middle-grade readers!"