Brush of Truth, a recommended book app for reluctant readers 8-12, is cutting its price to $0.99 on July 27 for back-to-school shoppers. The 50 percent discount will be available in the iTunes store for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, and on the Android/Google Play marketplace. Brush of Truth was released by Story Bayou.
The app has been named a "Recommended iPad Book App for Older and Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12" by Digital Storytime, and one of "6 Interactive Book Apps to Get Kids Excited About Reading" by Tecca. The iGameMom calls Brush of Truth "an effective tool in engaging reluctant readers." Brush of Truth, geared to third- through sixth-graders, is the first book app created by Story Bayou, a mom's vision to get tweens to read.
"Parents looking to ease their kids back into an academic mindset, and teachers interested in educational technology for the classroom, can do it in an inexpensive way with a book app,'" said Julie Landry Laviolette, author of Brush of Truth. "A book app is an engaging way to get kids to read because it is a hybrid of an eBook and a game. It combines a full-text reading experience with the interactive nature of a game."
Written in second person, "your" voice, Brush of Truth lets the user choose how the action unfolds at critical points in the plot. Brush of Truth has 125 pages of story and colorful illustrations, with 65 decision points and 20 possible endings. The app is regularly $1.99.
Laviolette, a parenting journalist and mom of a 10- and 11-year-old, wrote Brush of Truth and created its parent company, Story Bayou.
Brush of Truth tells the story of two tweens who find an enchanted paintbrush. They begin to discover its powers as they go in adventures under the ocean, inside a sand castle, and while rescuing a sea creature.
"Using book apps is a smart way to get kids excited about reading, because it fits this tech-savvy generation," Laviolette said. "If kids read, they will become better readers. Research shows that children who cannot read at grade level by fourth grade will likely face an on ongoing struggle to learn."
Laviolette, a New Orleans native, is a former columnist and editor for The Times-Picayune. She currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., where she contributes to The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Parenting and more than 30 regional parenting publications in the U.S. and Canada.
Story Bayou, founded in 2011, partnered with Linxter, Inc., a Cooper City software engineering company, to create the mobile app. Brush of Truth was released in February 2012.
Brush of Truth 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Books category.