|While eBooks (marketed mostly to adults) haven't really caught on, The SPECTRUM Home and School Network is trying an experiment to see if younger readers are more willing to read a novel on their computer if presented in a pleasing manner. Please read the press release below, and become a part of this experiment.
Move over Harry Potter, meet the new kids in town.
Can two upstart teens take on Harry Potter and Stephen King?
The SPECTRUM Home and School Network (www.incwell.com) announced the publication an on-line serial novel for readers 12 to adult. Set in the almost-possible near future, the From the Shadows binary is an exciting young adult adventure with an international flavor. It can be shared by the entire family, filling the void between Harry Potter novels.
Unlike Stephen King's The Plant, the From the Shadows binary is complete and has been reader reviewed by students and adults. Book one of the binary, Separate Paths, is being published free for on-line reading at www.incwell.com.
GundTech changed the world when it introduced the multiCom computer with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Personality at its core. The reclusive former child prodigy who created the multiCom is about to unleash a technological revolution that could threaten the world.
Megan Fletcher, a reporter for the World Broadband Network, doesn't trust her multiCom and she trusts GundTech even less. She is on a mission to expose the mysterious man or woman behind GundTech and discover the computer company's true intent.
Cameron Rush and Rosa Costas are best friends, even though they've only met over the comNet. Cameron is from a small town in Wisconsin, while Rosa lives on a ranch in New Mexico. They are typical fifteen-year-olds living in their isolated worlds of family, school and friends.
A news conference from the GundTech head-quarters in Oslo, Norway, will draw these three people together and change their lives forever as they embark on an adventure that will explore the boundaries of reality, time, and humanity.
SPECTRUM is a K-8 educational content site used by millions of teachers and students from around the world. It has been recommended by the Discovery Channel Online, Classroom Connect, and StudyWeb, among others. SPECTRUM materials have been used by companies like Harcourt Educational Management, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, and the Princeton Review in the development of educational support materials.
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Remember that first person that you had a crush on? Or, that person that had a crush on you? Can any of us ever really leave those junior high loves behind? A love/hate relationship gets flipped in Wendelin Van Draanen’s FLIPPED. FLIPPED is a lightly comic, perfect summer “he said, she said” novel about first loves. Told in the alternating viewpoints of Julianna, an open, honest and free spirited young lady, and Bryce, a shy yet cool junior high boy, FLIPPED conjures up all of the tumultuous emotions of pre-teen crushes . . . from first kiss to first heartache. FLIPPED received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.
Wendelin Van Draanen is the award-winning author of the Sammy Keyes series dubbed “a high quality, high amp mystery series” by The Horn Book and "a treat for mystery lovers" by the Los Angeles Times. She has developed a huge following for her series, which was named a Book Sense 76 selection and has over a quarter of a million copies in print.
Although FLIPPED is published for young readers, first loves, broken hearts and utter confusion are universal experiences, which is why I believe this title would be an excellent fit for summer reading. Please feel free to call me at (212) 782-8667 if you would like to receive a review copy or if you would like to schedule an interview.
NEWS FROM BANTAM BOOKS
A DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN'S BOOKS
BANTAM BOOKS TO PUBLISH OFFICIAL COMPANION AND FICTION SERIES
ONLY ALIAS NOVELS AUTHORIZED BY TOUCHSTONE/ABC AND CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER J.J. ABRAMS
New York, NY (June 11, 2002)- Random House Children's Books' Bantam Books imprint has acquired the rights to publish original novels and the official companion based on the hit ABC television show ALIAS. Since the show's debut in September 2001, ALIAS has gained tremendous popularity and critical support from its viewers. It is the number one ranked show in its Sunday night time slot for women ages 18-54, and the second ranked among teenagers and male viewers ages 18-54. Both ALIAS: DECLASSIFIED, the official companion, and ALIAS: RECRUITED, the first book in the fiction series will have initial print runs of 100,000 to meet the expectations of the show's dedicated fans. The nationwide on sale date for both titles will be October 8, 2002, during which the highly anticipated second season of the show will be underway.
ALIAS: DECLASSIFIED is a 224-page trade paperback that offers fans an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the smash television show, with reflections and anecdotes not found elsewhere. The book, written by Mark Cotta Vaz, carries a suggested retail price of $16.95. The first print run of the companion will also include a DVD containing exclusive ALIAS materials, such as cast interviews and a link to an online ALIAS game. In addition, Bantam Books is launching the publication of an original prequel book series with ALIAS: RECRUITED, which takes readers back to Sydney Bristow's college days, where she was first recruited by SD-6. All novels are a collaborative effort with ALIAS creator/Executive Producer J.J. Abrams. RECRUITED is a 208-page mass-market paperback that carries a suggested retail price of $5.99, and is geared toward teenage fans. Additional books in the series are scheduled for release in 2003.
"Secret lives, cliffhanger endings, pulsating intrigue, non-stop action, and the amazing Jennifer Garner as kick-ass Sydney-what's not to love?" said Wendy Loggia, editorial director of Media & Series at Knopf Delacorte Dell Publishing Group. "We're thrilled to have the ALIAS publishing program on our list here at Bantam, and to have the opportunity to explore Sydney's early days at SD-6." Loggia acquired the books in cooperation with Touchstone/ABC, and will edit both the companion and the series titles.
ALIAS received a 2002 People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Drama, and was nominated for a 2002 Golden Globe Award in the same category. Viewers can't get enough of this high-energy, intelligent spy drama and its star, Jennifer Garner, who received the 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama. Garner has received much media attention since the series debut, gracing the covers of such publications as Seventeen, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Self, and appearing on television talk shows and news programs.
"We're very excited about reaching ALIAS's loyal fan base via a new outlet," said Bruce Gersh, Vice President, Business Development, ABC Entertainment Television Group. "These books will enhance fans'enjoyment of the show."
Random House Children's Books is the publisher of numerous national and New York Times best-selling books by or about teen celebrities such as Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Bantam Books is an imprint of the Random House Children's Book division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.