So, if you know anything about me at all, you know I love, love, love fairy tales. I especially love it when authors get creative with them and twist them around. This is what you should expect from the upcoming release Cinderskella from mother-daughter duo, Amie and Bethanie Borst. Curious? Oh, me too! But first, let's meet these ladies and then we'll take a peek at the cover and learn more about this middle grade fairy tale retelling.
Amie Borst loves glitter, unicorns, and chocolate. But not at the same time. That would be weird. She’s a PAL member of the SCBWI as well as a founding and contributing member of The Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors, a group blog dedicated to middle-grade books. Amie lives in Virginia with her three beautiful daughters, her handsome husband, and two cute dogs named Lily and Maggie. She wishes she could travel the world in a hot pink elevator but for now, her minivan will have to do.
Bethanie Borst is 17 and the author of three books. When she was only 10 years old, she wrote her first book, Cinderskella. She enjoys reading, writing, and STEM. Bethanie is fluent in both sarcasm and humor and is prepared for the zombie apocalypse and/or spontaneous combustion of the world. Because, let’s face it, both of those things are totally realistic.
First of all, huge hats off to you, Bethanie! That's an awesome achievement to have written a book so young.
So, let's talk about that book. Cinderskella is a rerelease with a brand new, shiny cover (which looks amazing, by the way) and new illustrations. It will be available in February 2018. That's a ways to go yet, but look at that cover! Doesn't it just beg you to pick it up? Let's find out what Cinderskella is about:
It’s not just monsters that go bump in the night. Sometimes it’s skeleton-girls, too.
Cindy might appear to be your average twelve year old, but since her mother’s death she has a secret. Every night she faces a horrible, terrible curse; one that turns her into a skeleton. Yup, a boney, white skeleton.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Cindy’s own father is scared of her. Plus she has an evil stepmother who makes her do crazy chores, some of them with a toothbrush. And then there’s the wild dog with intentions of making Cindy into his midnight snack. As if all that wasn’t bad enough, the Spring Fling dance is fast approaching and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn’t seem to know she exists. Cindy doesn’t think letting Ethan know she’s a cursed skeleton-girl is the best way to introduce herself. Determined to break the curse, Cindy travels to the Underworld where things aren’t quite what they seem, including Mr. Death, the strange and creepy Undertaker.
With a jar of pickled pig’s feet, a wacky fortuneteller, and an cranky skeleton mouse, Cindy is afraid this curse has really gotten under her skin.
This just sounds like a fun read for young and old. If you want to stay in the loop with Cinderskella and her authors, make sure you follow Amie and Bethanie. I know I'll be anxiously waiting to pick this book up!
Amie's website: www.amieborst.com,
Bethanie's website: www.amieandbethanieborst.com
Jessica L. Elliott
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