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The Golden Calf

The bestselling trilogy feature augmented reality (a first in Malta!) and it has been adapted into a feature film and a television series. The trilogy is written by Ruth Frendo and produced by Pro.Motion Limited.


The books have not only been distributed by the National Literacy Agency in each and every school (state/church/independent) in Malta and Gozo, but are also available on the national airline. 


After downloading a free app, readers can point their mobile and/or tablet towards specially created illustrations and enjoy snippets from the movie and series, as well as original animation. The illustrations have been created by local and international artists especially for the book.


The interactive book series is supported by the National Literacy Agency and the Ministry of Education and Employment.

Il-Misteru tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb (Book #1)


In the 1940s, a group of children and their teacher mysteriously disappear in an underground labyrinth. In the present day, and after finding an ancient treasure map, two cousins embark on a treasure hunt full of mystery. After uncovering a number of clues, the children end up in the same labyrinth where the 1940s children had vanished. There, the cousins face a number of dangers (and maybe even ghosts!), whilst they unearth important family secrets. Ultimately the children's greatest adventure is realizing the real value of family.


The publication is inspired by the article featured in The National Geographic about the mysterious disappearance of the school children in underground tunnels in the 1940s. 

Il-Misteru tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb (The Mystery of the Golden Calf) was launched during the Malta Book Festival 2017. The interactive bestselling book compliments a family-oriented feature film that was shown at the cinemas.

Please note that the book is only available in the Maltese language.

It-Tfal tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb (Book #2)


Some kids start disappearing… Is Pia also in danger?


Pia’s cousin, Sandro, leaves home to live with his father for a while. Pia ends up having to befriend Jaden, an arrogant boy whose mother is a colleague of Auntie Rita. Happily, Pia also meets Margerita, a sweet and outgoing girl. 


Pia, Jaden and Margerita discover an ancient document in an old suitcase. Jaden believes that this could direct them to a treasure, as clues lead them to search in catacombs. Meanwhile, Auntie Raquel unearths the golden calf. However, the treasure is soon stolen from the woman’s home. But what are the thieves’ real intentions? 


The three friends have to work as a team in order to face difficulties (some might even be supernatural!), as they unearth incredible secrets that might endanger other children’s lives… 


It-Tfal tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb (The Children of the Golden Calf) was launched during the Malta Book Festival 2018. The interactive bestselling book compliments a television series that was aired in October 2018.

Please note that the book is only available in the Maltese language.

Is-Sagrifiċċju tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb (Book #3)


Augmented Reality
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