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Thursday, November 19, 2009

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New H1N1 Children’s Book Available as Free Download

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Nov. 17, 2009 – Educators, parents, and book lovers can get a free, exclusive look at a brand-new middle grade novel, Finn Reeder, Flu Fighter. Starting today, Stone Arch Books, a children's fiction publisher, has made the book available as a free download on its website www.capstonepub.com/promo/h1n1/. The book will be released in hardcover as part of Stone Arch’s spring 2010 collection in January. Stone Arch Books is an imprint of Capstone Publishers.

In Finn Reeder, Flu Fighter, 13-year old Finn is assigned to keep a journal for his English class. Little does he know that his journal will turn into a record of a major flu pandemic. Somehow, he survives infection, and as his school population dwindles, Finn faces down the school bully, draws comics, catches the principal ordering pizza, endures a string of bizarre substitute teachers, and even manages to study once in a while. By the time the month is over, he’s made it through the epidemic, gotten vaccinated, played the world’s strangest game of solo dodge ball, and – if he plays his cards right -- might even have found himself a girlfriend.

“Kids are curious and have real questions about H1N1. Our realistic and humorous story talks about the pandemic in a fresh new way, explaining the virus on a level kids can relate to and understand. It gives them facts without adding to their fears,” said Joan Berge, President of Capstone Publishers Fiction.

The book’s backmatter includes a glossary, further discussion questions, tips for staying healthy, and author and illustrator information. The free download offer is available until January 1, 2010, at www.capstonepub.com/promo/h1n1/. Customers downloading the book can also register to receive 10% off of the hardcover edition once it’s available in January.

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