Scholastic’s New Multimedia Experience

Yes! Now this is how you use the technology! Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is launching “Infinity Ring,” a time travel book series for readers ages eight to 12.

This new endeavor combines books, an interactive “Hystorian’s Guide” map feature, and an immersive online game experience in which readers travel back in time to fix history.

“People like to think that reading and gaming are two very separate experiences for kids, but with ‘Infinity Ring,’ we’re crashing them together into something that’s deeply satisfying for both their reader and gamer sensibilities. The web experience is going to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, creating a fully immersive reading and history experience,” said David Levithan, publisher and editorial director, Scholastic Press.

“Infinity Ring” will launch in September 2012 with “Book 1: A Mutiny in Time,” written by bestselling author James Dashner, who also outlined the program’s overall story arc.

Each book in the series will be packaged with a unique “Hystorian’s Guide,” a collectible map that includes a special code to unlock exclusive content on the Infinity Ring online game.

The multi-dimensional game experience on www.infinityring.com (site currently under construction) will allow kids to play as the main characters from the books as they travel back in history to fix the “Great Breaks,” key events that have gone wrong, altering history as we know it.

The online game – available on the Web, smartphones and iOS/Android tablets – features a fully realized virtual world, where players can interact with other characters, and explore key events in history alongside Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures featured in the books.

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