Your pledge will help military kids! Finn and Spoke’s Journey is about adventures a boy and his bike go on around the world.
NEW STRETCH GOAL!
If we reach $6,000 we will be able to add pages to the book so you can also read about Finn's day in Cambridge! While in London, he had to make a trip to Cambridge and help a punting boat named Grace. You will definitely want to hear about his day punting, visiting Kings College, going to the top of the cathedral's tower in beautiful Cambridge! Vote with a small contribution today.
My wife Danielle and I have worked with military children at Army, Air Force and Navy Youth Centers for the last 15 years. Over the years while working closely with kids and families we have truly understood how hard it is for children as they move base to base. Danielle actually knew this struggle first hand as she grew up an Army brat in Germany and moved many times. Come to think of it, my family moved 5 times before I was 7 and it was not fun! Last year we had a vision of a creative, new way that we could help children as they move or travel around the world with their families.
That idea was “Finn’s Journey”.
We will need at least $2,300 to make a nice full color book, so we are coming to Kickstarter to raise the funds to pay for this. Thanks for your time and please consider pledging to help fund this project. If you'd like to keep up with this project and our work we'll be posting updates here:
Parents and grandparents- can you imagine a child who is more interested in family vacations, engaged in reading and learning?? Finn's Journey might get you there and we hope you will be a part of this project with endless possibilities! The next step is to find a contribution level you feel comfortable with. We even have FIVE pledge levels that provide free donations to military child or Olympic/Paralympic child! Every deliverable will be created with care, joy and much gratitude. You can always come back and give more if you feel inclined so don’t think that kicking in a little now is wasted time. Thank you very much for any support you can give!!
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Call To Action
For those who are new to Kickstarter, this is a really cool website that allows you to fund then follow creative projects and be a part of a community of supporters who believe in the project. We have researched and found we need to raise AT LEAST 2,300 dollars in 30 days which equates to a “community” of about 100 people pledging $25 each. Anything over that amount will ensure our continued success. We won’t get any of the money pledged unless we reach our goal and no one is charged until the goal is 100% met. Basically it's all or nothing!
Support US Military Youth
You can select to pay for an eBook to be donated to a military child for a special price of $5 or a hardcover book to a child for $17! This is a new option based on a potential "backer's" suggestion:)
For each pledge over $60 a book and shirt can also be given to a child of a US military service member who has just moved to England to help them learn about London and their new home. Your name will be written inside as the person making this pledge possible. If you would like to give the gift on behalf of someone else just shoot a message stating so.
Support the US Olympic Team's Kids
You can select to pay for an eBook to be donated to an Olympic child for a special price of $5 or a hardcover book for $17! This is a new option based on a potential "backer's" suggestion:)
For each pledge over $60 a book and shirt can also be given to a child of a US Olympic Team member to help them learn about London as they are there this summer supporting their parent. Your name will be written inside as the person making this donation possible. If you would like to give the gift on behalf of someone else just shoot a message saying so.
In return for your pledge, we’ve created several reward packages including ebooks, hard cover books, illustrations, shirts and some other fun stuff. You can see all the rewards on the right side of this page. For those who want to help but are not able to make a pledge, please share our Kickstarter with others you think might be interested. We know that times are hard for many and we will be forever grateful for every dollar received.
Finn An adventuresome, active, experiential 7 year old boy who loves to have a good time and learn about new things. Much to his surprise, his new bicycle needs his help to solve mysteries and problems around the world. Finn's experience will help you see the world through new eyes and let you know that traveling the world isn't as scary or difficult as you might think.
Spoke This smart bicycle is able to fool everyone, except Finn, into thinking he is an ordinary bicycle. Little did they know that Spoke is a Secret Agent for IOTA. Spoke is a loyal friend and wise life guide for Finn as they explore this world. He is the “Hobbs” to Finn’s “Calvin”.
IOTA The International Organization of Transport Agents is a TOP SECRET (can’t believe we’re actually telling you even this much!) group of vehicles bound by the common goal of assisting those in need. Spoke has been a trusty agent for IOTA for years and has worked his way up to high rank. That is about all that can be shared with you about this secret organization.
Lucy Lucy is a double decker bus from London who is the focus of Spoke’s urgent call from IOTA Headquarters. Her transmission is out and she needs to get to work to move all her riders to their destinations on time. Will Finn and Spoke be able to find Lucy, find the needed part and figure out how to get her back on the road??
Yes! Your kid will love it.
There is no nudity, swearing, drugs, or violence in this book. The story is intended to be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. There will be lots of great information the whole family will enjoy.
It's all or nothing. If we don't reach our goal we don't get the funds we need to make this project happen.
No, Finn's Journey will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a travel book with a bias towards people who enjoy a fun story. The story is interlaced with fun characters, new technology, and information to help during a family trip to London. It will encourage you to get out of your hotel room, turn off the TV and see some non-traditional sights and experiences giving you a whole new perspective.
We totally understand! If you want to be a part of the team, you can Tweet or send this message...
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Pledge $1 or more
Climbing a mountain requires a few small steps too. Thank you- every little bit helps Finn and Spoke! Every donor, no matter what Reward level, will be listed online as a backer. Higher the donation, higher the position.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $5 or more
SPECIAL "FAN-INSPIRED" REWARD We will shout your name in glee from the highest peak we can find for all the world to hear! PLUS, we'll Donate an eBook to a military child AND an Olypmic athlete's child for this low price!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $7 or more
Copy of the eBook to make your iPad or Kindle feel all snuggly with. You'll also get a real-world thank-you in the form of a beautifully designed and personally signed postcard invitation to one of our Launch Parties.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $12 or more
2 backers Limited (13 of 15 left)
Nearing the Finish Line! This special pledge with give you an eBook as well as an eBook donation to a child of a military member! You all also receive a very special invitation to the Book Launch Party!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $17 or more
SPECIAL "FAN-INSPIRED" REWARD If we ever get on TV we'll wear a t-shirt (just send us one) with your face on it and love you forever. Donate a hardcover book to an Olympic athlete's child for this low price!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $17 or more
SPECIAL "FAN-INSPIRED" REWARD Donate a hardcover book to a military child for this low price!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $18 or more
Your own hardcover, full-color copy of “Finn’s Journey: London” printed in the USA and oh yeah- of course you get the eBook, and Launch Party! International orders add $5Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
3 backers Limited (22 of 25 left)
Have your cake and eat it too... by pledging this amount to send a hardcover book on your behalf to a child of a US military member signed by the authors AS WELL AS an eBook for you to enjoy!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $30 or more
Advertise your support for fun, educational children’s books by sporting a t-shirt featuring the Finn’s Journey logo. Plus the hardcover copy, eBook, and Launch Party! International orders add $5Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $60 or more
Military Support: A book will be given to a child of a US military service member who has just moved to England to help them learn about London and their new home. Your name will be written inside as the person making this pledge possible. BONUS: All books will be signed by the authors with a special note to the intended recipient! Just let us know who to make it out to in the comments. You’ll get your stuff above too☺!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $60 or more
Olympic Support: A book will be given to a child of a US Olympic/Paralympic Team member to help them learn about London. Your name will be written inside as the person making this pledge possible. You’ll get your stuff above too☺!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Silver Level Sponsor: With this you’ll get your name printed in the book as a Silver Level Sponsor! If that isn’t enough you’ll get all the stuff above: donated book & shirt, shirt, book, eBook and Launch Party invite.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $160 or more
Help grow the next generation of Finn's Journey artists! You will be a hero worthy of a mocumentary in your honor! Give a kid a great experience! Choose someone who will get a total of 2 hours of instruction with the authors on art or travel over Skype. BONUS: All books will be signed by the authors with a special note to the intended recipient! Just let us know who to make it out to in the comments. You’ll still get your name printed as a Silver Sponsor, donated book & shirt, shirt and book for yourself, eBook and Launch Party invite.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $300 or more
Neighborhood Pack: Get the best value with 10 shirts and 10 books to give to a library, school or kids around you! You’ll also get the eBook, Launch Party invite, and some special secret gifts.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (6 of 6 left)
Have you heard the phrase "crazy super fan"? Well, that's you and we love you so much! If you need someone to mow your yard or take you to the airport at 3am CALL US! Join us on the adventure, Gold Member! You can participate in a city tour, photo shoot and actually help create the story for a future book. You, or a person of your choice, will become a character in the book and receive several professional illustrations of yourself for your walls! You’ll also get schwag like matted photos, souvenirs plus the Silver level rewards. BONUS: All books will be signed by the authors with a special note to the intended recipient! Just let us know who to make it out to in the comments. As if that weren’t enough, we will send you a copy of every Finn book in the series for EVER. EVER!!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
0 backers Limited (6 of 6 left)
Corporate Level Sponsor: aimed at companies who want to reach our young, intelligent readers. You get the Neighborhood Pack, plus your brand will be the only sponsor on our site, stories, and email alerts for an entire month. You can count on at least 3 weekly Facebook post mentions and a banner on the website at least 90x728 in size. If you’re an individual that could work too — let’s talk. Pending approval to ensure appropriateness with kids.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012