Cinderskella by Amie Borst
(Scarily Ever Laughter)

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Yet underneath the humor and the camp, the story has heart. It poignantly presents a family’s struggle to adjust to the passing of a loved one, and it offers subtle insights into parenting, presented from a middle school perspective...
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Middle school is scary. So are skeleton girls.
To win at both, you've got to put some skin in the game.

Cindy might appear to be your average twelve year old, but since her mother's death she has a secret. Every night she turns into a boney, white skeleton.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Cindy's dad is afraid of her. She has an evil stepmother who makes her do crazy chores, some of them with a toothbrush. And then there's the werewolf who intends to make Cindy his midnight snack.

The Spring Fling dance is fast approaching and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn't seem to know Cindy exists. She 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 a cranky skeleton mouse, Cindy is afraid this curse has really gotten under her skin.

 

About Amie Borst

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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. 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 co-author of three books. She was only 10 years old when she wrote Cinderskella. She enjoys reading, writing, and STEM. Someday she¿d like to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer. 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. Roch Hercka is an illustrator, painter, and book lover. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. Inspiration for his work comes from dreams (mostly the bad ones), spooky folk stories, and music. Roch has always been attracted to all things dark, scary and grim, while also having a fascination of the beautiful world around him. Roch is a fan of comic books, board games, movies, and food. He lives and works in Torun, Poland with his family and a cat. 
Illustrations: www.hercka.carbonmade.com 
Paintings: www.roch.carbonmade.com
 
Published May 8, 2018 by Mystery Goose Press. 268 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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Yet underneath the humor and the camp, the story has heart. It poignantly presents a family’s struggle to adjust to the passing of a loved one, and it offers subtle insights into parenting, presented from a middle school perspective...

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