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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stone Arch Books Reveals Sports Star Contest Finalists

Stone Arch Books Reveals Sports Star Contest Finalists
Kids Encouraged to Vote Online for Winner

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 22, 2010 – Capstone imprint Stone Arch Books, children's fiction publisher, announces the top five finalists in its Create Your Own Sports Star nationwide contest, inspired by the publisher’s partnership with Sports Illustrated KIDS. The contest invited students in grades 3-6 to create their own fictional sports super star to be the featured character in an upcoming Sports Illustrated KIDS Graphic Novel.

The five finalists were selected from the more than 840 entries featuring 57 different sports. Descriptions of the finalists’ characters, as well as professionally-illustrated sketches are available at www.CapstoneKids.com. Kids are encouraged to visit the site and vote for their favorite character. Voting runs through April 11, 2010, with the winner revealed April 15.

“We learned so much about these kids through their writing and the underlying themes of their stories – family struggles, being an underdog, mean girls, fierce competition, and the quest to succeed,” said Lori Benton, General Manager/Publisher of Capstone Fiction. “Now it’s up to our young sports fans to decide. Kids can voice their opinion, vote for their favorite character, and choose our winner!” 

The winning character will appear in a Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel book available Jan. 1, 2011. The winning student, along with his/her school, will be included in a page at the back of the book.

Contest finalists are:
·         Brock, a 3rd grader from Sycamore, Ill.
·         Emily, a 6th grader from Carver, Minn.
·         Emily, a 5th grader from Newington, Conn.
·         Jane, a 6th grader from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
·         Justin, a 4th grader from Pflugerville, Texas

Capstone partnered with Sports Illustrated KIDS in 2009 to create a new line of high-interest fiction and nonfiction sports stories for elementary and middle school grades, especially for struggling and reluctant readers. Sports Illustrated KIDS Graphic Novels, Greatest Sports Stars, and The Science of Sports debuted in January 2010 under the publishers’ imprints Capstone Press and Stone Arch Books. For more information on these series, visit www.CapstonePub.com or call 800-747-4992.

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About Capstone
Capstone is the leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, offering everything from nonfiction, fiction, and picture books to interactive books, audio books, and literacy programs. Imprints and divisions include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Red Brick Learning, Capstone Digital, and Heinemann-Raintree. Visit us at www.CapstonePub.com.

About SI Kids:Sports Illustrated Kids, the first sports magazine written for kids ages 8 and up, connects with its readers through their passion for sports.  The magazine offers kids the access to athletes and sports information that they want with in-depth reporting, action photography, first-person athlete accounts and other features.  The magazine, books and website www.sikids.com, promote positive values, good sportsmanship and the fun of reading.

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