Graphic Novel iPad App Encourages Middle Schoolers to be Confident

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New iPad app from Free Spirit Publishing and Electric Eggplant

Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential Graphic Novel

Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential Graphic Novel

Free Spirit Publishing is delighted to announce the release of a new iPad app, Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential™ Graphic Novel, developed by Electric Eggplant. This 49-page digital graphic novel is based on Book 1 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series written by nationally recognized teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Harvey Award winner Matt Kindt. The Be Confident in Who You Are app is available for download in the iTunes App Store.

“Lack of self-confidence underlies most of the problems tweens and teens have with their peers,” says Annie Fox, who has been answering email from kids and teens around the world and offering advice since 1997. “I wrote the Middle School Confidential series to help kids build their sense of self and make choices that reflect who they really are.”

With richly layered audio consisting of wall-to-wall movie-like sound effects and music, Be Confident in Who You Are makes full use of iPad technology. The app is designed for 11- to 14-year-olds, including those who aren’t enthusiastic readers. Be Confident in Who You Are is the first in a series of kids’ story apps to be produced by Electric Eggplant, the multimedia production company founded in 1992 by Annie and her husband, David Fox, both award-winning game designers.

“I’m totally jazzed to see my Middle School Confidential books on the iPad,” says Annie Fox. “Since we first developed a Sesame Street computer game for Children’s Television Workshop 35 years ago, David and I have been creating content that connects kids with technology and helps them develop confidence and get along better with others. With a story like Be Confident in Who You Are and the dynamic power of the iPad, we’re now putting thought-provoking entertainment and solutions into the hands of kids who are dealing with social-emotional issues right now.”

Designed in a format familiar to fans of Marvel and DC Comics apps, Be Confident in Who You Are enables the reader to interact with the story by zooming in for frame-by-frame reading or zooming out again for a page-by-page view. An auto-save feature remembers your place in the story and a menu page permits jumping to any of the eight chapters. Special Meet the Cast pages let young fans email their favorite characters and share their own stories. The app is designed for the hard-to-reach “tween” age group, reluctant readers, parents, and teachers who use technology in the classroom.

Device requirements:

  •     iPad or iPad 2 (iPhone and iPod versions coming soon)
  •     Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
  •     30.4 MB

Pricing and availability: Be Confident in Who You Are is $3.99 USD and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Books category.

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