I would like a cover for my book, Cellular Spirits. The book is aimed at 8-12 year olds. This is going to be printed as an ebook and a paperback, and possibly an audiobook. I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for. I don't think I want anything cartoony. Here is the synopsis of the book:
Twelve-year-old Eric can see ghosts. He doesn't tell anyone. Not his accountant father, who doesn't believe in the supernatural. Not his musical-genius eight-year-old brother, Nate, who has been afraid of ghosts ever since he went in a scary haunted house. He’s attempted many times to tell his open-minded, new-agey, artistic mother, but while she believes that some people can talk to ghosts, perhaps it’s different when your own son tells you he can.
While on a Scout camping trip, Eric encounters a crazy ghost who keeps following him, shrieking and asking questions. Mr. Francis, Nate's Cub Scout leader, reveals that he, too, can see the ghost and tells Eric that he has created a cell phone app that can put away bothersome ghosts. Determined to develop an app that would let him take a clear picture of a ghost, he had stumbled onto a quantum physics discovery that allows the energy of a cell phone to interact with the energy of a ghost. Now, when he points his phone camera at a ghost and takes its picture, the ghost gets sucked into the phone. He has been zapping ghosts for years and has filled many phones.
A few days later, Mr. Francis installs the app on Eric’s phone. He asks if Eric has any neighborhood ghosts he’d like to get rid of, and they go ghost hunting. As Mr. Francis drives away, Eric sees a black ghost with glowing purple eyes following the car.
Eric races after Mr. Francis on his bike. Mr. Francis jumps out of his car to take a picture of the ghost, but the ghost kills him then turns after Eric. Yama, a hippie Grim Reaper wearing a tie-dyed robe, shows up on the scene, kills the ‘Shadow Ghost’, and saves Eric. Eric asks Yama why he saved him, and Yama explains that his job is to be an appointment keeper. It’s just as rude to be early to a party as it is to be late! It was Mr. Francis’ time to die, not Eric’s.
Now that he’s a ghost, Mr. Francis is horrified to think of all the ghosts he sucked into phones. After Mr. Francis attends his own funeral, he and Eric vow to help the captured ghosts.
When Eric’s father gets a job promotion, the family moves to New York City and Mr. Francis goes with them. Eric takes a gym bag full of ghost-filled phones. While Eric and his family explore the city, Mr. Francis works hard at reversing his invention so he can free ghosts he’s captured.
The evil Black Mist wants the app to coerce more ghosts into joining his kingdom of Shadow Ghosts. Shadow Ghosts are afraid to move on and choose a new human life. They feed on fear. When they threaten Eric's family, he learns to control his fear so he can protect them.
One night, Shadow Ghosts enter Eric's dreams. Yama assigns a special skeletal creature to each of Eric’s family members. Yama, never fitting the stereotype of the Grim Reaper, has named all the creatures Fred. While the Freds don’t talk and don’t seem to have any personality, Eric is glad they’re there when a Shadow Ghost once again tries to steal the phones.
After a few unsuccessful attempts, Mr. Francis is finally able to release ghosts from one of the phones. However, there is a loud, screeching sound as the ghosts exit, and Eric’s family demands to know what the sound is. With three newly freed ghosts accusing, yelling, and screaming, Eric realizes that if he had the help of his family, they could get the situation under control. When he says, “Ok, ghosts, listen up,” Nate sneers. He tells his mom that since she’s always said she trusted him, here’s her chance to prove that. His mom believes him right away, although he has to convince her that she doesn’t need her Ouija board. The family vows to join Eric and Mr. Francis on their quest to help all the other ghosts still trapped in the phones.
Eric realizes that seeing ghosts is his special talent and that doing what he’s meant to is more important than being normal. He is confident that, working with his gifts and his family, he will be able to help guide the ghosts they release from the phones before Black Mist and his Shadow Ghosts get to them. He comments to Mr. Francis that, as his mom always says, life truly is good, and Mr. Francis agrees, saying, "Sure is! Even when you're dead!"