"Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew" in New Japanese-Inspired 'Manga' Comics - Tweens Are Lovin' 'Em'

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Classic adventure and mystery novels "Nancy Drew" and "Hardy Boys" are revamped for this next generation of readers -- tweens ages 8-14 from NY Publisher Papercutz (http://www.papercutz.com). Now available for holiday giving to share with families of all ages.

New look books provide perfect break for gamers and couch potatoes of all ages. Check out http://www.papercutz.com for free previews!

Still looking for last-minute gifts for the always hard-to-please 8-14 year olds on your gift list? Consider classics that now come in a trendy new look. For generations, parents and grandparents and older brothers and sisters thrilled to the adventures of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective. Now you can share your love of these tales with a new generation of readers in an American anime/manga style graphic novels (comics in books) that makes them hot for Xmas gift giving from NY publisher, Papercutz (http://www.papercutz.com).

Why the new trendy look for Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys? "We're living in a very visual age and kids have a lot of different distractions — from the Internet, to videos, to video games, to TV and DVDs," says Papercutz founder Terry Nantier, “We’re using a point of view and a style that kids know and understand.” If you’re not familiar with graphic novels, check out these two, which combine classic characters with illustrations and word balloons, like traditional comicbooks. The pocket-size Papercutz series is drawn in the style of the popular Japanese comics, so that’s why it’s called American Manga.

And the press has been enthusiastic in its coverage, from USA TODAY to the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Teen Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, etc. The word is getting out about the exciting all-new Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys for the kids of today! As a result, the first Nancy Drew Graphic Novel has gone back to press two times for tens of thousands of copies sold.

This Is Not Your Grandpa's "Hardy Boys!"

But remember this is not your grandparent’s Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys! According to a recent report in USA TODAY, “ longtime fans will hardly recognize their old favorites. The Hardy Boys have the wide-eyed look of traditional manga characters. So do Nancy Drew and friends Bess and George” The new generation of readers will follow the adventures of the new Hardy Boys who solve crimes with the help of the Internet and download their homework onto PDAs. Papercutz, “The Demon of River Heights” is Nancy Drew’s first graphic novel and retails at $7.95 for the paperback and $12.95 for a collectable hard-cover version. The Hardy Boys graphic novel series begins with “The Ocean of Osyria” also available at the same prices as Nancy Drew in paperback and hard cover versions.

Free Printouts of New Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Online

Nantier encourages parents and grandparents giving gift cards this holiday season to include a print-out of the Papercutz preview of the new graphic novel pages from Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys by going to http://www.papercutz.com and downloading the pages from the samples of the two updated novels. He says it’s a great way to encourage Tweens to spend their holiday gift money wisely on these new classics that will provide hours of reading enjoyment.

Give The Gift of Reading

And what could be better than to give the gift of reading to families around the world. Who knows mom, dad or grandpa and grandma can spend the holiday weekend doing what kids say they do all the time when they use the popular text messaging phrase PLOS (parent looking over shoulder) but this time the Tweens will have their heads looking at books not just computer screens or gaming consoles!

Order online at http://www.Papercutz.com or pick up at your favorite Barnes & Noble or comic book store.

The graphic novel versions, with all-new stories, not adaptations, and in full-color, of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are available in trade paperback or hardcover at your favorite Barnes and Noble or online at http://www.amazon.com. Or you can order directly form the publisher by calling 1-800-886-1223, M-F, 9-6 EST with your order and credit card information. For a preview of the new look go to http://www.papercutz.com.

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