Archive for December, 2008

Blog Article by Christine Holbaum

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Thanks to Christine Holbaum for this great review of the new Adina’s Deck episodes!

Read the entire article here!

Adina’s Deck – Good Morals are in the Cards
by: Chrstine Holbaum

While everyone else in my family was stuffing themselves with turkey stateside, I was attending a public relations conference in Munich.  The topic was the role Web-based audio and video PR will play in the future. I didn’t learn anything new, but I did realize we are all on a path of no return. The World Wide Web, and all its technical wizardry, is here to stay.

I’m a wee bit of a technophobe. It’s not entirely true, but I tend to view gadgetry as an ersatz for truly living. So whenever someone approaches me with anything that can only be enjoyed with a plug or batteries, I falter and resist.

Life for our children looks a lot different than it did for us as we grew up. They have to learn how to deal with computers one way or the other.


Enter Adina’s Deck, a Nancy Drew meets Ghostwriter teenage foursome who solve cyber-mysteries at school. Whether it’s online dating, plagarism or cyber-bullying, this series addresses some real-life issues like no other show I’ve seen.

Director and producer Debbie Heimowitz sent me the first three in her series (the others are pending financing). Even my son, who tends to grow impatient with ‘real-life’ programming, as opposed to cartoons, loved it. My daughter, who is taking a short three-hour course about how to use the Internet tomorrow, enjoyed the themes throughout the series, too. It makes her feel grown up to type on a keyboard, like her mom. She has grown so fond of my old laptop that I’ve promised to give it to her if she keeps up her grades this year.

Thankfully, we have insightful directors such as Debbie to lean on when our children’s minds seem filled with online chatter. A group of positive role models, the clan in Adina’s Deck fosters honesty, integrity, and the type of problem-solving lacking in most television programming today. Recommended for children ages 8 to 13, this award-winning series promises to help us parents unlock the mysteries of today’s tweens with a nice dose of ethics tossed in!

The Cast

Adina - Amelia Varni
Amelia Varni
Clara - Ciera Trussell
Ciera Trussell
Skye - Kelcie Stranahan
Kelcie Stranahan
Melody - Stephanie Cameron
Stephanie Cameron
Michael - Sam Ison
Sam Ison
Winner Seals