SCHOLASTIC AUDIO BRINGS TO LIFE A MODERN WESTERN ADVENTURE WITH THE RELEASE OF PAINT THE WIND


Audiobook Featuring Exclusive Bonus Material Launches this October
Following the Hardcover Release

New York, NY (August 27, 2007) -- This October, Scholastic Audio tells a timeless coming-of-age story with the release of Paint the Wind on audiobook.  Written by award-winning children’s author Pam Muñoz Ryan, Paint the Wind follows the story of Maya, a young girl who feels like a captive in her grandmother’s home and yearns for the freedom of open spaces, until fate introduces her to a wild mustang called Artemisia.  Along with the powerful narration of Maya’s story, the audiobook also features exclusive bonus material of the author reading from the personal journal that she kept during her own inspirational trail ride through the Wyoming wilderness. Paint the Wind will be released in October, following the hardcover release in September.
 
Read by Kathleen McInerney, Paint the Wind will be available in an unabridged 4-CD, 5 hour set for the suggested retail price of $19.95.
 
PAINT THE WIND SYNOPSIS:
A puzzling photograph, a box filled with faded toy horses, and a single fractured memory are all that Maya has left of her mother. In Grandmother’s house in California, she lives like a captive, tethered by Grandmother’s rules: no talk of her mother, no friends, no foolishness of any kind...until a shocking event changes everything.
 
A world away, in the rugged Wyoming wilderness, a wild mustang called Artemisia runs free, belonging only to the stars. In a land where mountain lions and wranglers pose an ever-present threat, she must vigilantly protect her new foal...until a devastating act separates them from their band.
 
Like a braided rein, Maya’s and Artemisia’s lives will ultimately intertwine. Together, they hold the key to each other’s survival.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pam Muñoz Ryan is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. Accolades for her novels Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi León, and Esperanza Rising include the Pura Belpré Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She has twice received the Willa Cather Award for writing. She lives in Southern California.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Kathleen McInerney has performed throughout the U.S. in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and characters on many popular animated series. She lives in New York City.

About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media (SM), the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including feature films, television programming, videos, interactive and audio products, and web sites, and is a major developer and marketer of children's brands worldwide. Among SM's award-winning and top-rated productions are the animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog® (PBS KIDS®); the Emmy award-winning spin-off series Clifford's Puppy Days™ (PBS KIDS); I SPY (HBO Family); The Magic School Bus® (TLC); Goosebumps®; Animorphs®; Maya & Miguel™ (PBS KIDS GO!); and SM’s newest series, WordGirl™, (PBS KID GO!).  SM's critically-acclaimed feature films include Clifford's Really Big Movie, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club Movie, and The Mighty. SM also produced the forthcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the award-winning Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, for New Line Cinema. Scholastic is a co-creator of the new multi-platform qubo® network for children, which promotes literacy and positive values through entertainment.  Provided by Scholastic, Dragon is the new pre-school series airing on qubo®.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.

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