Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cinderskella by Amie and Bethanie Borst + Giveaway!

Cindy is just a normal eleven and three-quarter year-old. At least until she wakes up one night and finds out she’s dead. Well, she isn't technically dead—she just doesn't have any hair . . . or a nose . . . or skin. Yep—all bones, no body.

Human by day and skeleton by night, Cindy is definitely cursed. And because her mother recently died, Cindy has no one to turn to except a father who’s now scared of her and an evil stepmother who makes her do the housecleaning with a toothbrush. To make matters worse, the Spring Fling dance is approaching, and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn’t seem to know Cindy exists. Of course, Cindy doesn’t think letting Ethan find out she’s part skeleton is the best way to introduce herself.

While facing such perils as pickled pig’s feet, a wacky fortune teller, and a few quick trips to the Underworld, Cindy’s determined to break the curse—even for a single night.

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Today I'm so excited to share Cinderskella with you.  It's the perfect book to review today in honor of Halloween tomorrow.  I do need to tell you (full disclosure and all that) that Amie is a friend of mine.  I've been following her quest as an author for a while now and I'm so happy and excited that she has finally made it to the big leagues!  A published book is no small feat.  But, my review is in all honesty because I would never lie about a book just for my friend.  :)

Cinderskella is a middle grade book.  The writing is so right on the target group.  I have a middle school aged child and she is going to love this book.  (she had to wait for me to read it first!)  This book would be fun to read aloud to younger kids too.  

Here is the main thing I love about this book:  It is fun.  Fun, fun, fun.  It is light hearted and full of witty humor.  One of my favorite things in this book were the TIME OUT's.  :)  Those were just little side notes that Cindy would interject into the book.  As with most awesome middle grade books there is also illustrations.  The illustrations in this book really help create mental pictures, adding to the fun and creativity.  The characters in this book just come alive.

Amie and her daughter wrote this book together which kind of makes this book unique and well, kinda cool.  How fun to have a mother/daughter collaboration.  I think at some future date I'm going to have to interview these girls and find out more about that process.  (like maybe January...yes, okay, it's already scheduled...)

My thanks to Amie and Bethany for allowing me to read and post a review for their new book.  My congratulations as well.

To my blog readers, check this book out.  Especially if you have a child to share it with!  Happy Halloween and Happy Reading!

Amie Borst still believes in unicorns, uses glitter whenever possible and accessorizes in pink. She enjoys eating chocolate while writing and keeps a well-stocked stash hidden away from her family. A native New Yorker she currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, three children and a cute dog named Lily. She wishes she had a hot-pink elevator with carnival lights to travel the world. But for now, her minivan will have to do.

Bethanie Borst is a spunky 13-year-old who is an avid archer with Olympic dreams, enjoys the outdoors, loves reading and is quick to make lasting friendships. When she is not writing, she swings on a star.

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  1. Thanks Aimee! What a positively wonderful review! I hope your girls enjoy Cinderskella :)

  2. I like the CinderHazel book I just read with my kids last night. It's about a prince and princess who like to be covered in dirt. All of them are pretty fun!

  3. Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci

    Thanks for the chance to win! The book looks great :)

    -Amber Terry-


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