Wednesday, April 25, 2018

World Book Week 2018 - Ruth Frendo

Ruth Frendo was the first of several guest authors to visit San Anton School to mark World Book Week. Ms Frendo met with the Grade 7 students and spoke at length about an interesting project called Il-Misteru tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb.

Il-Misteru tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb is an ambitious and exciting story that involves a film, a book and augmented reality. Cousins Pia and Sandro are embroiled in a mystery that finds them exploring an eerie labyrinth underneath their grandparents' house. They are trying to figure out the location of the Golden Calf which, according to legend, is buried somewhere in Malta. However, something's amiss, as their uncle Ino is doing his utmost to foil their plans.

The book, penned by Ms Frendo, also the writer of the script upon which the film is based, is a breathtaking adventure that packs a punch. It also provides food for thought as issues like greed, bullying and self-esteem are explored.

A first for a local publication is the inclusion of augmented reality. Thanks to an app that is freely downloaded on one's mobile or tablet, the book illustrations morph into a gateway to exclusive digital content.

Ms Frendo went on to explain in detail the laborious but rewarding process of film making, during which the students were glued to their seats, hanging on to her every word. They really enjoyed Ms Frendo's visit and they were extremely eager to read the book. As an added treat, the day following the visit, the Grade 7s went to the cinema to watch Il-Misteru tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb!

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