This 46-page digital graphic novel is based on Book 2 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series written by nationally recognized teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Harvey Award winner Matt Kindt. This is a Universal iOS app designed specifically for the iPad screen but also great on iPhone/iPod touch. The Real Friends vs. the Other Kind app is now available for download on the iTunes App Store for $2.99 USD (educational discounts available). Also available on Android, Kindle Fire, and preloaded on the SmartEdPad.
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More About the App
Real Friends vs. the Other Kind is the much anticipated sequel to Electric Eggplant’s break-out graphic novel app Be Confident in Who You Are, a finalist in CYBILS 2011 “Best Book Apps” Award. This next installment of the popular series continues the story of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—a tight-knit group of friends in middle school—and follows them as they work to strengthen friendships while navigating tough social situations.
“We all want, need, and deserve friends who accept and respect us for who we are. In the emails I receive from teens, friendships come up more than any other topic. The questions usually boil down to, ‘My friend isn’t being a friend. What do I do?’” says Annie Fox. “I wrote Real Friends vs. the Other Kind to empower tweens and teens to change the way they deal with feelings and situations—to show them that they are the key to creating the kind of relationships they want.”
With richly layered audio made up of movie-like sound effects and music, Real Friends vs. the Other Kind makes full use of mobile device technology. The app is designed for 8– to 14-year-olds, and gives readers a look at how their peers handle making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with common hazards of the middle school social scene—like gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying. The app puts decision-making power into the hands of readers, with interactive quizzes that let readers choose how they would handle these situations. Real Friends vs. the Other Kind is the second in a series of kids’ story apps to be produced by Electric Eggplant, the multimedia production company founded in 1992 by Annie and her husband, David Fox, both award-winning game designers.
Designed in a format familiar to fans of Marvel and DC Comics apps, Real Friends vs. the Other Kind enables the reader to interact with the story by zooming in for frame-by-frame reading or zooming out again for a page-by-page view. Interactive quizzes test readers on what a real friend would do in sticky social situations. An auto-save feature remembers your place in the story and a menu page permits jumping to any of the eight chapters. Special Meet the Cast pages let young fans learn more about them. The app is designed for the hard-to-reach “tween” age group, reluctant readers, parents, and teachers who use technology in the classroom.
Be Confident in Who You Are, the first app in the Middle School Confidential series, was released in April 2011 and has garnered praise from CNET, iPhoneLife, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Digital Storytime, among others. Common Sense Media gave it four stars and said the app “speaks to kids who are at a really rough age, and reminds them to take pride in their own talents and to [not] let peer pressure (even the unspoken kind) get them down.”
Download the free Leader’s Guide to the Middle School Confidential Series and free Project Based Learning guide.
+ Communication problems
+ Conflict resolution
+ Out of control emotions
+ Friendship issues
+ Peer Approval Addiction (doing whatever it takes to fit in)
iOS Device requirements:
Leaders Guide & PBL Guide
Educators, download the free Leader’s Guide to the Middle School Confidential Series and free Project Based Learning guide.
The Real Friends app does not access your contacts or web history. Electric Eggplant does not collect any personally identifiable information through the app. The app does not contain any ads, in-app purchases or social network integration.
The Real Friends app saves its state to your device when it exits, so it can be restarted in the same state (for example, on the same page in the story). This is recommended practice for an iOS app. This data is not transmitted and it is not associated with any identifying information.
The app does include external links in the About section. The iOS version includes a Parental Gate for all external links.