A new Disney book series, Disney Chills, will have thrill-seeking middle grade readers sufficiently spooked.
Part of Your Nightmare, the first book in the series written by Vera Strange, sees 11-year-old Shelly Anderson desperately trying balance school and family life. A science nerd at heart, Shelly struggles to impress the popular kids – Kendall, Attina and Alana – in an attempt to secure their friendship. She can’t bear a repeat of her experience at her old school of having zero friends.
Shelly is also usually a strong swimmer but recently she just can’t keep up. Determined to stay in her friends’ good graces and willing to do anything to be the fastest swimmer on her swim team, Shelly takes a deep dive… by striking a deal with Ursula, the sinister sea witch from The Little Mermaid. The deal quickly turns sour and Shelly finds herself racing against the clock to reverse the curse.
A chilling read introducing new characters and welcoming Disney fans into a familiar-yet-creepy underwater environment, book one in the Disney Chills series may just have middle graders leaving a nightlight on.
Author Bio: Jennifer Brody (writing as Vera Strange) is a graduate of Harvard University and a film and television producer and writer. She began her career in Hollywood on many films, including The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass. She lives and writes in downtown LA, where she’s hard at work on her next book. Her debut novel The 13th Continuum won the Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and is being packaged for television.