Penguin’s “Chopsticks” Named App of the Year

In Children's by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams

MediaBistro reports that the UK’s App Magazine has named the digital novel Chopsticks, by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, as its App of the Year.

Chopsticks (published by Penguin) uses images, songs, videos, music and letters to tell a deeply moving love story between two neighbors. As iTunes describes it,

“Musical notes reveal treasured mementos and stolen secrets as Glory loses herself in Frank’s paintings and drawings. Links bring the music of their shared mix CDs to reality. Vibrant videos play the shows and clips they watch together and breathe still photos to life. Scrapbook images move as the text flows from Spanish to English. Their late-night IM conversations whisper, blinking down the screen. Frank becomes Glory’s connection to the world — and her escape from reality.”

App magazine’s review points out that the story is left open to the reader’s interpretation, “There are so many blanks that are intentionally left open to the reader’s interpretation that if you asked ten people what Chopsticks was about, you would get ten different answers.”

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.