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Macmillan Children's Book

Skeletina and the In-Between World

Skeletina and the In-Between World

Author: Susie Jaramillo

Skeletina and the In-Between World

Skeletina and the In-Between World

About This Book

With a focus on nightmares, anxiety, and bravery, this series opener is perfect for fans of the hit movies Coco, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Slumberland.
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With a focus on nightmares, anxiety, and bravery, this series opener is perfect for fans of the hit movies Coco, Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Slumberland.

Welcome to the in-between world, where the living go when they are fast asleep and where ghosts hang out when they have unfinished business. Visitors who come to the in-between world can confront their fears or see a loved one who has recently left the world of the living. Luckily, anyone who visits the in-between world can face their fears and anxieties with friends at their side.

In the in-between world, anything is possible, especially Skeletina, a fun-loving, fearless little girl who lives in there. Every day, Skeletina visits her friends, who include monsters, creatures, ghosts, and more. You can meet friends like Senor Tic Toc, who knows everything about the in-between world, or Spider Grandma, who teaches Skeletina the power of creativity.

Skeletina also loves to help others, like her friend Sombras, who is very shy. Sometimes, she even helps children who visit the in-between world in their sleep. She shows them how not to be afraid and how love lives on, even when someone has passed away. No matter the problem, Skeletina is there to help!

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Roaring Brook Press



In The News

"Susie Jaramillo’s artwork is captivating, with details, bold colors, and intricate use of delicate grays and blacks that result in an ethereal look." - Kirkus

"Bursting with color and an emphasis on the fact that the world in-between can be shaped and molded however the dreamer wishes. A playful story full of Latinx cultural touchstones." - Booklist

"Engaging, energetic, illustrations draw in young readers with kindness and empathy. . . Skeletina and the In-Between World is a wonderful way to start conversations about managing anxiety, missing people we care about, and other things that weigh on young kids' minds." - Common Sense Media, A Common Sense Selection for Books for Families

"An excellent tool to help children struggling with nightmares and fear." - YA and Kids Book Central

"I love how Skeletina and the In-Between World is inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead, but most importantly that I can read this book to my daughter and it will not only entertain and delight, but also inspire conversations about our fears and how to face them." - Eugenio Derbez, Actor, Director and Producer, 3Pas Studios

"There's something deeply comforting about being led by the hand through the weird, wild, and downright bizarre by a pigtailed skeleton girl. I can think of no better book upon whom to bestow the phrase 'otherworldly charm'. Tim Burton-meets-Coco, and it's all thanks to the in-between world's most charming little skeleton." - Betsy Bird

“I absolutely love how Susie merges the In-Between World and the seemingly scary and unfamiliar to inspire children (and us adults too!) to find magic and comfort in the things we may not understand.” - Valery Ortiz, Actress, Disney's Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

"Kids and parents will be mesmerized by the beautiful characters and brilliant colors that pop off the page. And the storyline will resonate with both children and caregivers who are exploring the world through different cultures and perspectives of childhood. A must read for all families and kids." - Anna Maria Chavez, Former CEO, Girl Scouts of America

"Susie Jaramillo has created such a cinematic universe—uniquely rendered but universally appealing. It's magical and delightful and with so much substance as well. Any kid will love to explore this world and any parent should feel great about the lessons it's teaching them about facing their fears." - Ben Odell, Film & TV Producer, 3pas Studios

"With vibrant illustrations, Skeletina and the In-Between World brings children to a whimsical place where they can allay their fears and anxieties alongside a playful new friend, Skeletina. The characters and storylines in the easy-to-digest prose are very relatable and translate across cultures. This is a gentle read that will surely become a must-have." —Eugenia Miranda Richman, Editor-in-Chief, SheKnows

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Skeletina and the In-Between World

Skeletina and the In-Between World