Friday, November 6, 2009

A Book Tweens Help to Write

Have you heard of the "Amanda Project"? It's a new book series for "young adults" (read: older tweens) with a twist: readers can contribute chapters to help craft the ending of the book. The Amanda Project is the story of Amanda Valentino, told through an interactive website and book series for readers aged 13 & up. On the website, readers are invited to become a part of the story as they help the main characters search for Amanda.

The author is Melissa Kantor, and this innovative series was picked up by Harper Collins this year - the first book, "The Invisible I" came out this September.

Here's how the story starts:
"What happened to Amanda? AMANDA VALENTINO came to our high school on Halloween. She disappeared on the Ides of March. She left us some clues, but we’re not sure what they mean. The only thing we know for sure is that she utterly, completely changed our lives. Will you help us find her?"

The first 8 chapters are available to read for free online.

Also check out the latest chapter in The Exquisite Corpse book series at the Library of Congress - three chapters have already been posted, and the fourth is due this week.

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