New “Mystery of the Map” Island on Poptropica Reveals Intriguing Story Behind Virtual World for Kids

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New Online Adventure Launches Today for Members With Early Access

For the past few months, tens of thousands of kids around the world anxiously awaited each installment of the Poptropica Graphic Novel. Now their fun will continue as they interact with Oliver, Mya and Jorge and become immersed in the adventure...

Poptropica’s daily installments of its Graphic Novel, Volume 1: “Mystery of the Map” may have ended, but the adventure continues with the Early Access Launch this afternoon of “Mystery of the Map Island.” Non-Members will have access to a limited demo of the Island before they can embark on the complete quest on June 11, 2015. “Mystery of the Map” reveals the surprising story behind the origin of Poptropica, the beloved and popular virtual world.

On “Mystery of the Map Island,” Poptropica players will join Oliver, Mya, and Jorge on a thrilling adventure that begins with an innocent hot air balloon ride and quickly turns into the thrills and danger behind the creation of Poptropica. Along the way, they will encounter a lost Viking settlement, an island unstuck in time, a magical map with power beyond understanding, and a devious plot that could unravel the very fabric of Poptropica.

“For the past few months, tens of thousands of kids around the world anxiously awaited each installment of the Poptropica Graphic Novel. Now their fun will continue as they interact with Oliver, Mya and Jorge and become immersed in the adventure on ‘Mystery of the Map Island,’” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica.

During Early Access, Poptropica Members will have access to a Dodo Bird and a Pig costume in the Poptropica Store. All players can download a free desktop wallpaper and an in-game item.

Illustrated by Kory Merritt and written by Max Brallier, the Poptropica Graphic Novel, Volume 1: “Mystery of the Map” was adapted from a screenplay by Jeff Kinney, Poptropica creator and author of the bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. Merritt, a K-6 art teacher from Hammondsport, New York, is the winner of the 2007 John Locher Memorial Award for Cartooning; creator of the online children’s book, “Lost Side Suburbia,” for GoComics and Funbrain.com; and co-creator of the Poptropica Comics for GoComics. An emerging force in children’s publishing, Brallier is the author of the hit illustrated novel “Galactic Hot Dogs.” Originally published on Funbrain.com and featured as a Poptropica Island, ”Galactic Hot Dogs” recently made the leap from online to book stores with Simon & Schuster’s publication of “Galactic Hot Dogs #1: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway.”

Hundreds of millions of kids have visited Poptropica since its launch nearly eight years ago, and the number grows every day. Poptropica players come from more than 200 different countries and territories and have their web browsers set to more than 100 different languages.

Kids can stay up to date on news about upcoming new Islands and other exciting developments in the world of Poptropica on the official Poptropica blog. Parents can keep up to date on new Island releases and features on Poptropica by following the Poptropica Creators on youtube.com/poptropicacreators, facebook.com/OfficialPoptropica, plus.google.com/+poptropica, or at Twitter.com/poptropica.

About Poptropica (http://www.poptropica.com)

Poptropica is a virtual world available for the desktop, Apple, and Android devices, 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. Kids can also unleash their imagination with Poptropica Realms. They can build, destroy, and create Realms of their own design which they can share with the Poptropica Creators.

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 part of Family Education Network, a division of Sandbox Networks, Inc.

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