Poptropica, Together With Penguin Young Readers Group, Announces the Winner of the “Create Your Dream Poptropica Island Contest”

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Arabian Nights Island by 10-year-old Sarah S. to Become New Poptropica Island

I have been playing Poptropica for four years now. And I have always dreamed of creating my own Island. Now I get to, and it makes me feel like I could touch the sky.

Poptropica and Penguin Young Readers Group today announced that Sarah S., a 10-year-old from South Carolina, won the “Create Your Dream Poptropica Island” contest. Her winning entry, Arabian Nights Island, which sends Poptropicans on a quest across the desert to rescue a sultan's genie from the Forty Thieves, will debut on Poptropica® in 2014.

“I have been playing Poptropica for four years now,” said grand prize-winner Sarah S. “And I have always dreamed of creating my own Island. Now I get to, and it makes me feel like I could touch the sky.”

More than 2,000 children submitted entries to the “Create Your Dream Poptropica Island” contest, which gave kids between the ages of 8-12 the opportunity to envision a brand-new Island on Poptropica. The grand prize winner was selected by Poptropica’s creative team, including Jeff Kinney, the author of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and experts from Penguin Young Readers Group. The winning Island will be produced alongside Poptropica’s existing quests.

“We put out a call for original and adventurous new Island ideas, and were absolutely delighted by the numerous entries we received,” said Kinney. “We appreciate the creativity and thought put into all of the story ideas that kids shared with us, and are excited to produce Arabian Nights Island as the grand prize winner of this contest.”

Fans will be able to enjoy the contest winning Island online on Poptropica.com, as well as in the new Poptropica App. The app, which is free to download, currently features two of the most popular Poptropica adventures, “24 Carrot Island” and “Time Tangled Island,” with more brand-new and classic Islands coming in the very near future.

Created by Family Education Network with a creative team led by Kinney, Poptropica is a fun, popular virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety. Hundreds of millions of kids have visited Poptropica since its launch six years ago and the number grows every day.

Penguin Young Readers Group is one of the leading children's book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Anthony Horowitz, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

About Poptropica (http://www.poptropica.com)
Poptropica is a virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety. Every month, millions of kids from around the world are entertained and informed by Poptropica’s engaging quests, stories and games.

Kids create a “Poptropican” character to travel the many Islands of Poptropica and use gaming literacy to enjoy a narrative that is often rooted in factual history. Problem-solving skills are honed as kids discover and solve mysteries unique to each Island.

There are always new areas to explore in this ever-expanding world where kids can collect objects, read digital books and comics, watch movies and compete in head-to-head competition. Parents can always trust that their children are playing – and learning – in a safe online and mobile environment.

Poptropica is published by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.

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