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Sabrina Hunter Series

A twelve book series based on life's complexities in children when traumatic events take place, with solutions to lead productive lives

Sabrina Hunter Series

A twelve book series based on life's complexities in children when traumatic events take place, with solutions to lead productive lives

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Motivations For Subject Matter

In May of 2009, CNN reported that 6.2 million students in the United States dropped out of high school, fueling a report called "a persistent high school dropout crisis." Also, scores from the 2009 Pisa program show 15-year-old students in the U.S. ranked 21st in science and 25th in math. Of 34 OECD countries, only 8 have a lower high school graduation rate than the US.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the PIRLS, lists a combined literary average of grades four through twelve as 389, while a mere five percent of 35.2 million high school students top out at 663. That leaves you with 1.76 million kids actually making the grade.

Fuse this number to an alarming amount of schools in disarray, and you have an education system altering their policies to adapt to the lack of federal funding. The fact is: schools obtain government grants reflecting the graduating class size; not the classroom. Sadly, small grants mean larger classrooms and less attention to each student. The results are smaller graduating classes; a difficult cycle to break.

Add thirty-four percent of 72.3 million children living in single parent families, while 2.9 million live without either parent, and you have 27.5 million floating the poverty level, while 13 million sit well below. These children are our future. If we can’t get them to stay in school, what future will we have?

Now, we poured over what bothers children most these days, and, after volunteering to work with them as a counselor, mentor, and coach for 24 years, I’m sure everyone will agree poverty, discrimination, gangs, violence, abuse, drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc. are unwritten classroom curriculum. You won’t find these in textbooks, but they are our biggest classroom distractions. What better way to eliminate these distractions than showing children how to solve these issues through the eyes of someone their own age.

Freezing Fire is based on Love, Trust, Faith, and Truth. While we can’t reveal the answer to this first novel, we can tell you this is really important as the opener because most people spend a lifetime looking for these complexities, and never find them.

Sabrina Hunter will address all these issues in two parts: the difficulties of life when applied through disdain and the simplicity of life when we understand them.

Our interactive games will help them unlock the secret to each novel, but what’s more important here is making research fun. If children do this enough throughout the series, then it becomes a part of them, thus, making research for their schoolwork less demanding. We showed you some preliminary navigation of these games, as we close on this presentation, but it’ll be up to the children to figure out where this is going. What’s really cool is the following five games, as in all seven games in each novel, will be actual scenes.

Solution

I think a lot of the excitement channeling through the interent with Sabrina Hunter’s adventures has a lot to do with the incentives intended to build children's confidence, further their education, and attract attention to what ails society today. While the main focus centers on resolving the above classroom distractions with knowledge and positive resolutions; the overall series is designed to stir their creativity in their developmental stages, while never losing sight of what makes a child tick…FUN!!!

Our children are our biggest assets, and our future depends on their proficiency level. If we, as role models, can teach children how to work through these complexities at an early age, then we give them a better chance to succeed in life; hence, a brighter future.

Summary

When twelve-year-old Sabrina Hunter witnesses a war among faeries spill onto earth and kill her mother, she faces more than proving she’s not going insane.

After failing to convince her father the circumstances surrounding her mother's death, Sabrina's world crumbles. She realizes now, she'll have to find the killer to prove she's not going insane. But, when she sets out to find that killer, she discovers it wasn’t her mother they wanted; it was her. Only then does Sabrina realize how deceitful and deadly some faeries can be.

Yeah, Sabrina's not ready for any of this. How can anyone be ready? This is 2012. You know, the age of computers, smart phones, one-hundred-three inch televisions, and demons leaping onto earth with torturous ferocity to prevent the faeries from exposing their master plan, while trying to capture Sabrina for something she doesn't even know exists. Worse yet, the only beings Sabrina can depend on are those same deceitful and deadly faeries she blames for killing her mother. Sounds like a great fantasy, huh?

Well, Sabrina feels that way at times also. She feels she’ll wake up from this horrible nightmare and sit down with her mother to eat breakfast before going to school. Only, she discovers her mother won’t be there, her school was annihilated by these demons in search of her, and this is no dream.

Who we are

In nine years, I've mastered GVE (gaming video encoding) and design. My complex 3D interactive games are the perfect backdrop to generate the necessary interest to keep children actively participating in this series.

Randy, the author, raised six children alone since the early 90's. He's no stranger to life's complexities, and, after twenty-four years of volunteer counseling, mentoring, and coaching children, ages seven to sixteen, he combined his experiences with the children he's worked with and gave birth to the Sabrina Hunter series.

As a team, we address problematic social issues in a fantasy world environment to reach children with the troubles they’ll face in today’s society. Randy does this through present-tense writing, so the reader can experience Sabrina’s journey as it happens—opposed to as it happened. I design all graphics, including book covers, website designs, interactive video games, t-shirts, hats, posters, and future creations needed to fulfill the entire series. Two of these games are now playable on the website.

The Challenge

Being perfectionists can be daunting, but when the subject matter is this important then settling for anything less is a waste of time. That's when we realized the interactive website is just as important to the series. We also realized the games became a major stumbling block. It's taking way too much time to build them using programs dating back to Freddy Flintstone, and we need to add five more games to 'Freezing Fire' before we can release 'Sheltered Life'. With the current programs I'm using, it's taken five weeks minimum to develop one 3D interactive game. With the proper programs, I can write the codes to produce five games in the amount it's now taking to build one.

Once I complete the 'Seven Secrets of The Fae' games for Freezing Fire, I'll be developing a different group of games for Sheltered Life and each book in this series. These games are extremely important to the series' structure. The idea is to use them as a learning tool, and what better way to make learning fun in a technological age? Unfortunately, these games are slowing this project to a crawl, and, while we have a complete graphic novel script, we still have a good portion of the illustrations to finish.

Marketing also takes up a large portion of our time. If we can reach this goal, we can obtain the programs needed to produce these games much quicker, and use whatever is left to attract a professional marketing/event planning team. If we can surpass this goal, then we can focus on finishing this series with our initial writing goal of three books per year. However, under these current conditions, we may only be able to produce one per year.

As stated in the video, the links provided at the below, and, also, below my profile (to the bottom right). so you can get a better understanding of how much time and effort we've already invested in this project, and will continue to invest every effort to make this series a success. It's time we made the public aware of the following statistics, and do whatever we can to ensure a promising future for our children.

sabrina-hunter.com                        Website and Games

literaryassassins.blogspot.com      Detailed Marketing Proposal

literaryassassins.blogspot.com      First Five of 120 page Graphic Novel

youtube.com                                  Book Trailer

www.kickingitforward.org

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    The Climax: For our corporate sponsors, all of package one to package seven, plus we'll publish your brand in any one of the books in the Sabrina Hunter series. Your brand will also be added to the Official Sabrina Hunter website for a six month period of your choosing, and, finally, we'll use your brand as part of the story one time. This date can be anywhere up until December of 2013 to give any sponsors an opportunity to decide when they would like to submit.

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