New Book Focused on Sally from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Releasing This Summer

Disney Books just announced that an all-new story following the timeline set in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) will be released this summer. Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas follow’s Sally’s pursuit in saving Halloween Town after order is restored to the town by the end of the plot set in the cult classic film.

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen is written by Shea Ernshaw, and will be published by Disney Books for a release on July 5, 2022.

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The young-adult novel picks up after the wedding of Jack and Sally atop Spiral Hill, where Sally learns how to live with her new title of “Pumpkin Queen of Halloween Town.” She later discovers a new doorway within the holiday trees, and her curiosity frees a villain from within who has the potential to ruin Halloween Town for its residents forever.

To save Halloween Town, and Jack Skellington, Sally must journey off into the other holiday worlds. Along the way, she discovers new truths about her own pasts, and she experiences a world of self-discovery she would have never realized at her home in Halloween Town.

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Shea Ernshaw is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Oregon Book Award. Long Live the Pumpkin Queen is her fourth young adult novel to be published, alongside four previous works and an adult novel titled A History of Wild Places.

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen will be available for purchase beginning July 5, 2022, direct from Disney Books and other retailers where books are sold. An exclusive edition of the book will be made available only from Barnes and Noble stores and online ordering that will include a unique jacket and a customized case, along with bonus content like Sally’s collection of secret recipes, potions, and apothecary cures.

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Current new releases from Disney Books include 100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas by National Geographic, Art of Coloring: Golden Girls by Disney Books, and Disney/Pixar Turning Red: Mei’s Little Box of Big Feelings. Find a full selection of current and upcoming titles at

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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