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Children love the elegantly simple illustrations, while those who read to them enjoy the profound and multi-faceted storyline.
260 backers pledged $10,100 to help bring this project to life.

In these final days, a surprise announcement!

We are nearing the end of our wild adventure! There are only five days left in the campaign and we are a mere $1,273 away from reaching our second goal! 

(HA, "mere," $1,273. That still seems like a whole heckuva lot!)

At this juncture it is customary among successful Kickstarter projects to start offering more or bigger rewards in an attempt to encourage backers to upgrade to the next bracket. With that in mind, I have been toying with the idea of creating stickers or T-shirts or something with images from the book, but nothing ever felt right. This isn't a typical Kickstarter project and you guys didn't give for typical reasons. Unless I'm greatly mistaken, you gave out of compassion and hope and a desire to help my family start a new chapter in our lives, not for stuff.

So I'm going to do the same. I told you that my ultimate dream for this book is not only to help Malachi but to help other kids with disabilities. To that end, I pledge to donate at least 10 percent of the profits from each copy of Dark & Light to helping children with special needs — most likely in the form of scholarships to receive ABM lessons. Please don't ask me to tell you exactly what that will look like right now; I'm having a hard enough time just keeping up with this Kickstarter! But I feel enormously lucky and grateful to have all of your support and I know so many children who could benefit from a little extra help themselves. I'd love to be able to pay it forward. 

Please consider matching my pledge by adding 10 percent to your donation (click the "Manage Your Pledge" button on the front page) and asking your friends to back the book. Each new copy sold means an approximately $1 donation to another special needs kid!

And if you really want stickers, let me know. We can probably make that happen, too. :)


    1. Creator Starweista Jacobsen on June 24, 2012

      Shasta, I was going to increase my pledge by 10%, but when I chose the 10% value, it suddenly occurred to me that my total pledge might change downwards. Then I thought maybe I should repledge to 110% value, but what if kickstarter charges me for both the 1st & 2nd pledges... DOH! Can't afford that. So how do I add 10%?