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“Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune” is a young adult adventure novel of empowerment for children ages twelve years old and up
“Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune” is a young adult adventure novel of empowerment for children ages twelve years old and up
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What is this book all about?

We are introduced to Penny Dreadful and her friends who are all around that magical age of twelve, when you are still young enough to get away with doing child-like things, but old enough to share mature responsibilities and be held accountable for your actions.

The main character, Penny, is at first glance nothing more than a little Goth girl, who dresses in odd clothing and who lives in the creepy mansion at the end of the block. Her life style appears to be different than everyone else at the school she attends, but what makes her really special is that she is completely honest, intelligent, loyal and creative; a true challenge for most of us.

Although she has no strange or unusual powers, a special kind of magic follows her everywhere she goes. The people, circumstances and events in her life change because of her beliefs. Her friends experience it time and time again, and while some choose to believe in it, there are others who shrug it off as coincidence.

Home schooled by her parents since she was a child, Penny has to learn how to make friends her age, deal with the teenage peer pressures and discover a mysterious family secret.

I am writing the kind of book that I would have loved to read at age twelve, or anytime since. It is a fun adventure with a lot of humor.

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Risks and challenges

Who is Carl Paolino and what make him think he can write a young adult’s book?

Writing a book is something that I always wanted to do. I am a veteran of the entertainment industry, so my writing skills were honed while producing screenplays for animated television series.
This particular story was first written in the form of a screenplay, and subsequently re-written over the last decade. By transforming the screenplay into a novel, I began to explore many aspects of the characters and story that a screenplay format couldn’t afford.
After several months of writing, I have developed a very well rounded adventure with interesting characters.

Where will the funds go?

My financial goal is based upon my bare-knuckle production needs. They will allow me to pay a professional editor, a book illustrator and to create a website to promote my book.
In a perfect world, like if I exceed my goal, the funds will also assist me in travel expenses to attend book fairs, schools and even local book shops.
I know that this is a mighty tall order, but in the words of Penny Dreadful herself, “Think big!”

How does Kickstarter work?

Kickstarter is a trusted and amazing medium for bringing people together for upcoming creative projects. The principle idea is based on an all-or-nothing method to finance personal projects. In other words, a particular project must be completely funded before the proposed deadline. If not, we don't receive any of our pledges and the backers’ credit cards do not get charged. Backers may donate money at any time during the fundraising campaign and continue to donate funds even after we meet our goal.

I thank you all in advance for your cooperation and generosity to make this dream come true.

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    SUPER-WISH: You will receive a heartfelt thank you on an autographed postcard with the cover artwork from my book, “Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune,” and a free digital copy of the book as well. (post card delivery in continental US only)

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