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  • September 24th, 2009 | 12:11 PM

I am so excited to finally be able to announce my secret project I've been working on with the wonderful folks at FreshBrain - The Technology Exploration Platform for Teens. We're offering a contest for kids 13-18 to create a book trailer for my book, Hugging the Rock and the prize is a $1000 scholarship! How cool is that?

FreshBrain is an educational non-profit so the use of the website for teens, teachers, homeschoolers, is completely free! So teachers, if you haven't already checked it out, I highly recommend it. Here's a bit about FreshBrain from their website:

FreshBrain provides teens with the opportunity to explore, engage, and create through activities and projects. FreshBrain takes advantage of the latest technologies, such as web conferencing and social networking, to provide a very progressive environment where teens can complete activities and work together on projects. This experience is enhanced with Advisors, available to support and mentor teens who are working on projects, with the intention of increasing the likelihood of success. In addition, FreshBrain provides teens with tools and training in the latest technologies to complete these projects.

On with the contest! I hope you'll consider helping to spread the word about this opportunity for teens.

Please feel free to copy and paste from this post or if you want to link directly to the FreshBrain sign-up page, you can use this tiny url: http://tinyurl.com/rocktrailer

Download a reproducible flyer to post
in your library, bookstore, classroom.
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Create a video book trailer for the novel "Hugging the Rock" by Susan Taylor Brown.

Put together a cast and act it out, create an animation, or use photos with text set to music - it's up to you. Be creative. Have fun. Make people want to read the book.

More details can be found at the Freshbrain.org website: http://tinyurl.com/rocktrailer

- U.S resident only between 13 and 18 years of age (as of the close of the contest)
- 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length and in a standard video format (.wmv, .mov, .avi, .mp4)
- Your own creation, NO copyrighted material
- Include a brief description of the process you followed
- Deadline for entries is 12/15/09

Judging will be based on the following criteria. Please see the official rules for more details.
- Creativity (50%)
- Consistency with the book (25%)
- Fit and finish (25%)

- The winner will receive a $1000 scholarship!

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( 14 comments — Leave comment )
September 24th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, Susan! That is wonderful. Can't wait to see the winner!
September 24th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm excited to see what they come up with too!
September 24th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh Susan, what a great, big, WONDERFUL secret project! Brilliant! And SO giving! A perfect combination...
September 24th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. I think it is going to be so much fun to see what the talented kids out there come up with.
September 24th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh--that's awesome!
September 24th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I thought so. Fingers crossed we get entries. Wouldn't that be embarrassing if we didn't?
September 24th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
What fun! I can see why you were so excited. Go You!
September 24th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope we get a ton of entries.
September 25th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
This is so fantastic, Susan! Can't wait to see what the teens come up with!
September 25th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Vivian! I'm excited to see what they come up with too. Please spread the word to any teens, teachers and librarians you know.
September 25th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Ooh, this is perfect for my homeschooling community. We've got lots of creative teens--I'll spread the word.

This is exciting, Susan!
September 25th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I would really love to reach the homeschooling community.
September 25th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
So glad you got it all worked out. So fun and exciting for the kids...and you!
October 26th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
free scholarship guide
that's cool

grab free 2010 scholarship guide here
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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