Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral is a 21st-century, multimedia experience. The storyline depends on print, websites, social media, videos, phone and tablet apps, and playlists to tell the story of piano prodigy Glory Fleming.
Chopsticks is a mystery and a love story. Here's the publisher's summary:
After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."To figure out what happened to Glory and to discover where she is, you must search for clues in the visuals in the book, in the songs, and in the companion videos and website. Doesn't it sound like fun? Take a look at a sample video:
But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along....
Be sure to check out the Chopsticks Tumblr site, where you'll find more visuals and more information. If you have iProducts (phone, pad) you can access the apps through iTunes or the through whatever source you use to buy your apps.
The Giveaway: One lucky reader of Beth Fish Reads will win not only a copy of Chopsticks in print but also a $10 iTunes gift card so he or she can experience the Chopsticks app. The giveaway is sponsored by the publicists and is open to anyone with a U.S. or Canadian mailing address. Just fill out the form, and I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner on March 27. Good luck!
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Published by Penguin USA / Razorbill 2012
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