YA-friendly Interactive Story-based History Book, BEWARE MADAME LA GUILLOTINE, Hits iBookstores Worldwide This Week
A new, truly revolutionary offering arrives in iBookstores worldwide on February 6, 2013. Beware Madame la Guillotine: The French Revolution with Charlotte Corday (USD $4.99, Time Traveler Tales) is the first in a series of first-person accounts told by historical figures whose actions helped shape their time.
Combining the traditional power of narrative with the latest in technology, Time Traveler Tales puts the past at the tips of your fingers and allows you to discover history with those who made it, through storytelling and interactive activities. Targeted to youth, aged 12 and up, these tales are perfect companions for history, social studies and humanities classrooms and collections the world over.
They also make great reading for history buffs and armchair travelers.
Drawing on the success of historically oriented American Girl titles (but gender neutral and with a global focus) and the gaming nature of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (but emphasizing history), Time Traveler Tales interactive books reveal the past's most seminal moments through creative non-fiction storytelling and interactive context-based games.
Each tale is rooted in fact and illustrated with full-color period artwork. Interactive images and maps, multiple-choice questions and puzzles extend and enhance reader understanding of the narrators' place and time.
"In middle school and even in high school, there's a necessary push to master historical facts such as, 'who, what and when?'" says Time Traveler Tales Founder and Creative Director, Sarah Towle. "Our interactive, factually accurate and riveting stories ask 'why'."
For example, why would a noble-born convent school girl stab to death a revolutionary leader?
You can find out in Beware Madame La Guillotine, a trip back in time to the French Revolution, narrated by 24-year-old school-girl-turned-murderess, Charlotte Corday. While in prison and awaiting execution by guillotine, Charlotte recounts her personal journey through Paris during the Reign of Terror. Leading the reader from the Palais Royal, where she bought her murder weapon, to her prison, the Conciergerie, she explains how and why she murdered radical propagandist Jean-Paul Marat while he soaked in the bath.
As Charlotte weaves her yarn, she enables readers to feel for themselves the social shift set off by the French Revolution that rocked not only her nation, but eventually the world. She leaves readers wondering if violence is ever justified.
Time Traveler Tales is the new imprint of app developer Time Traveler Tours, which publishes interactive mobile iTineraries that bring history to life through storytelling and games for the family and educational tourism sector. The company's first storyapp tour, a Paris-based day-long treasure hunt of Charlotte's tale, was a School Library Journal Top 10 2011 App, a Teachers With Apps Top 10 2011 Tried & True Classroom App, and a Top 10 2012 Educational Travel App.
The unveiling of Apple's iBooks Author in 2012 created another channel for Time Traveler Tours to share their stories, this time for the benefit of students and educators unable to come to Paris.
Time Traveler Tours & Tales Founder and Creative Director Sarah Towle is a career educator and writer living in Paris. Frustrated by a lack of engaging age-appropriate cultural opportunities for youth, she began writing story-based historical itineraries in 2004, first for her then-preteen daughter, then for hopeful print publication. However, when she held an iPhone for the first time, she knew she'd found the more perfect delivery mechanism for her revolutionary storytour-telling concept.
To request a free copy for review, and/or schedule an interview, please contact Sarah Towle.