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Penguin Group (Australia) and Felice Arena have unveiled a new interactive and immersive online experience for children with the launch of AndyRoidHQ.com.
This innovative website designed around Felice Arena’s Andy Roid series of books is an exciting new publishing approach to extending the reading experience for children online. Best described as an interactive online comic book adventure Andy Roid HQ brings the 10 book series to life with 3-D style parallax animation, colour graphics and synchronised sound effects.
Sally Bateman, Marketing & Digital Director, Penguin Group (Australia) explains, “We saw a real opportunity to collaborate with Felice Arena and deliver an online reading experience to engage young readers beyond the pages of this series. Andy Roid HQ is entertaining, exciting – and different. A mix of the traditional and the new, it’s an interactive, online story combining old-fashioned, comic book adventure with cutting edge technology that is fast, fun, yet stays true to the series. ”
Felice Arena, creator of Andy Roid explains, “From the very beginning I was incredibly lucky to be able to workshop my ideas with the talented digital team at Penguin. I had enormous fun and creating the content for the 3D interactive comic story was pure superhero, full-on action, happy keyboard-tapping writing. Anyone who gets to write for a living is very blessed and it’s been it's an absolute bonus to be able to see my characters spring to life beyond the printed page.”
AndyRoidHQ.com features an exclusive new story, Andy Roid and the Jungle of Combat, displayed in a choice of modes (autoplay or animated by scrolling) which the user interacts with by choosing a multiple choice answer at cliffhanging moments to help Andy defeat his enemies. Featuring artwork by Chad McCown (who illustrated the Andy Roid books) this animation has been developed without using Flash and is supported across all major browsers and devices. The responsive design (Masonry architecture on the Drupal platform) adapts to different screen sizes.
Andy Roid is an action-packed series for young readers from Felice Arena, one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. Book 9: Andy Roid and the Missing Agent and Book 10: Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil are released on Wednesday 21 August 2013.
For more information please contact:
Anyez Lindop, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Penguin Group (Australia) on +61 (0)419 008 556 or email@example.com
The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh (Michael Joseph)
Publication date: 23 October, 2013.
From the bustling streets of post-Great War London to the idyllic 1920s Sussex countryside, this is a breathtaking story of passion and persistence from a phenomenal Australian storyteller about how true love can overcome incredible odds, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.
'Fiona McIntosh is an extraordinary storyteller and this historical fiction is a stunning example of her talent.' BOOK'D OUT
Read more about The Tailor's Girl here.
Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators for their success at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013.
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Children of the King, Sonya Hartnett
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky illustrated by Andrew Joyner - Honour Book
Crichton Award Winner
A Forest, Marc Martin
For more information about the awards, including a complete list of the winners go to the Children’s Book Council of Australia website.
Murder in Mississippi: The true story of how I met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote this book by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)
Publication date: 25 September, 2013
When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.
At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of his life? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.
Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
George Megalogenis has been honoured with the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his critically acclaimed work of contemporary history, The Australian Moment, How we were made for these times.
This is the third major award for this book which has previously won the 2012 Walkley Book Award and the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Advancing Public Debate – Harry Williams Award.
In The Australian Moment Megalogenis tells the story of how we’ve come to be living in the Australian Moment. And with the global economy in crisis, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Drawing on recently declassified documents and candid interviews with five of our previous Prime Ministers, The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other’s contribution to the nation’s resilience. Australia has been lucky, but we’ve also been smart.
Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/j2C4x46F0n0
George Megalogenis is an author, commentator and journalist. He has 27 years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the Federal Parliamentary press gallery. He is a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Insiders. He is the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.
To be published by Knopf in the US and by Hamish Hamilton in the UK and Australia, The Circle is the hotly anticipated new novel by award-winning winning author and literacy advocate Dave Eggers.
Set in the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, co-founder of 826 Valencia, and author of several critically acclaimed books including his nonfiction; What is the What? and Zeitoun; a collection of short-stories, How We Are Hungry?, and previous novels including A Hologram for the King, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the international bestseller, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
The full shortlist was announced yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival:
The winner will be announced in October.
For more information please visit The Guardian website: theguardian.com/books/guardianchildrensfictionprize
Majok Tulba is among the finalists for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize for his novel Beneath the Darkening Sky (Hamish Hamilton). The shortlist will be announced in the coming months, ahead of the winner’s announcement in November. For more information about the prize, see the Dylan Thomas Prize website here.
Get your hands on a free copy of The Rain Queen by Australian author Katherine Scholes from your local bookshop this Saturday 10 August – with an exclusive bonus chapter from her upcoming novel The Perfect Wife.
Moving between Melbourne and the wonderful wilderness of Tanzania, The Rain Queen has been acclaimed as “a superb romantic saga” and has captured the hearts of millions of readers the world over. To celebrate National Bookshop Day we’re giving away copies of a brand new edition which includes a sneak peek of the new novel The Perfect Wife coming in October 2013.
Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, East Africa. She now lives in Tasmania and is the author of four international bestselling novels.
For more information see http://katherinescholes.com/ and follow Katherine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherinescholes
National Bookshop Day will be held on 10 August 2013 and is an initiative of the Australian Booksellers Association and is designed to celebrate local bookshops and reward their loyal customers with free books, events and a range of other activities in participating local bookshops.
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Sonya Hartnett has been shortlisted for the Children’s/Young Adult category of the 2012 Davitt Awards for her hauntingly beautiful novel, The Children of the King.
Presented by Sisters in Crime, the Davitt Awards recognise the best crime and mystery writing by Australian women, and will be presented in Melbourne on 31 August 2013.
For more information: http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/node/2