If you loved Alicia Voss-Guillén’s Tori series, get ready for more fun in this first spin-off book about Tori’s cousin Joy!
Nine-year-old Joy Salinas lives with her family and her three dogs in Santa Luna, California, in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. She’s a sweet, shy girl who loves arts and crafts…and who has one major problem: according to her older sister Bella, Joy is the world’s biggest nine-year-old scaredy-cat! With Halloween just around the corner and a family trip to the Haunted Pumpkin Farm coming up, Joy feels that the whole world, including the annoying boys at school, is out to terrify her. In fact, the month of October is making Joy so miserable that it’s hard for her to enjoy all the fun parts of Halloween—such as designing her own genie costume.
No matter how her friends and sister tease her, Joy cannot stop worrying about what might happen this spooky time of year—especially after the rumors she’s heard about a real ghost haunting the pumpkin farm! But when worst comes to worst, will Joy be able to put aside her fears for the sake of someone she loves?
What she learns this Halloween will teach Joy about real courage, the strength of family loyalty, and the importance of being true to herself.
About the Author
Alicia Danielle Voss-Guillén has loved to write for as long as she can remember. As a little girl, she spent long hours making up stories to share with her family and friends. As she grew up, she experimented with many different styles of writing, from chapter books to short stories to poetry. She has placed among the finalists in writing contests for magazines and websites, and has had a college essay published.
Alicia loves children and has several years of experience working with them. This has helped her understand the issues that they face, in order to write more effectively for both children and young adult audiences. Alicia lives in Wheaton, Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing letters, taking long walks, and spending time with her family and friends.