Wyvern is a full-length, 400-page, illustrated fantasy fiction novel written for youth 11 and up that appeals to everyone. The hero is 12-year-old Quinn, who is slowly growing into the boy he is. His story is both entertaining and educational.
This project seeks funding for the production, publication and distribution of the book - both digitally and in print - to as wide an audience as possible.
Meet Quinn. Quinn is twelve-year-old boy much like the other twelve-year-old boys he knows - except that he was born in the body of a girl.
Home on Earth, Quinn happens upon a coin in the dirt, and is transported from his own world to Aldia, a strange world where humans live alongside wonderful creatures called wyverns. In Quinn's quest to return home, he discovers that the wyverns are victims of a centuries old curse. Despite having wings, the wyverns cannot fly. He learns that the coin that transported him to Aldia may be the key to breaking the wyverns' curse. Eager to be of help, Quinn postpones his search for a way home to join the wyverns in their effort to return to the skies. However, to succeed, Quinn must accept, without doubts, who he really is.
Can he do it?
Why This Project Needs To Be Done
In recent years, the number of youth self-identifying as transgender or gender variant has increased dramatically. This is happening at an earlier and earlier age.
In the face of these changes, there are too few stories for youth starring transgender people. This means parents, teachers and kids have no resources to talk about gender identity. It leaves trans youth without positive role models in their fiction world. Trans youth are invisible in the books they read.
Wyvern fills this gap with an engaging, adventure-driven story about a boy learning who he really is. Wyvern provides trans or gender-variant youth with a character they can bond with, and gives non-transgender youth a way into a conversation and an understanding they didn't know they needed. It gives the adults in a kid's life a non-threatening source of dialogue on a topic that is, for the moment, terrifying to many people.
Student, Parent, and Peer Reviews
Wyvern has been read and enjoyed by many in advance of its publication, including students and parents. Here is some of what they had to say:
"[T]he way the author was able to introduce such an important subject into the main characters makes the issues much less scary."
- Linda, Parent
"Most LGBT books are all about bullying but this one was an adventure! It was so deep and I did not want to stop reading!"
- Jaya, Grade 6
"As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author writes with an obvious love of the world and the characters he has created."
- Virginia, Parent
"I think the author wanted us to take away that everyone is different and being transgender is okay. I think everything was very easy to listen to and interesting. Kept me on the edge of my seat!"
- Jamilah, Grade 6
"Wyvern is a fantastic book for all kids; especially those who are questioning their gender identity. The author discusses gender identity in a way that is understandable and interesting. As a transgender man, I would have loved to have read a book like this when I was young and questioning my gender identity."
- Adam, University Student
Read more reviews and testimonials by clicking here.
Base Goal: $5,000
Our base goal of $5,000 will allow for the publication, promotion and distribution of Wyvern, in both print and e-book forms, as a self-published novel. Meeting this goal provides the financial backing we need to bring Wyvern to as broad an audience as possible. Wyvern is a novel created for both entertainment and education purposes. It is a full-length, illustrated novel which we plan to bring directly into schools, in classrooms and libraries, as well as onto bookshelves at home. Meeting our fundraising goal will make this possible.
First Reach Goal: $7,000
If our first reach goal is met, we will create a free 30 to 35-page illustrated parent and teacher guide to accompany the book and be made available to educators and parents. This guide will include overviews of the main themes or details in each chapter, curriculum connections, and activity or lesson ideas.The guide will be available electronically and in hard copy.
Second Reach Goal: $9,000
If our second reach goal is met, we will create a second free resource: a short graphic novel called Meet Quinn! in which Quinn will explain who he is, and what it means to be transgender. This resource will be available electronically and in print for parents and teachers who want a friendly and approachable way to talk about trans people with their kids.
Kyle McGiverin is a dedicated teacher and a long-time human rights advocate from Toronto, Ontario.
Kyle has been engaged in activism, education and advocacy on LGBT realities for more than ten years. He worked as president of Brock University's LGBTQ organization for three years, and after graduating continued to deliver sensitivity training workshops to teacher candidates.
He has been a sought-after guest lecturer and works with several committees within his school board geared toward the advancement of LGBTQ youth issues and acceptance in elementary schools. He went viral in 2013 when his students played a gay-positive song for him during class as a tribute (see the story here), and the following year he was the subject of a Brampton Guardian article for his commitment to openly addressing LGBTQ realities with students (click here for the article).
Kyle has been writing stories since childhood, and has written several pieces, including short stories, short plays and other novels. In 2012 he was awarded the F. Janet Dolman Prize in Playwriting for his one-act play depicting the coming-out struggle of a homophobic gay man.
Risks and challenges
Because Wyvern will be a self-published novel, here are some challenges that will be faced:
1) Wyvern's subject matter can be seen as controversial, especially when geared toward kids. It may face opposition from those who disagree with its message or intended audience.
The free Teacher and Parent Guide that we will create if our first reach goal is met will allow us to face this challenge directly by providing a detailed resource that helps to answer questions or address difficult subjects.
2) Distribution to needy or isolated communities or individuals may be similarly difficult given the subject matter.
To combat this challenge, Wyvern will be made available electronically at a reduced price, and our reach goal materials will be available online for free, allowing for the story to reach those who might need it most.
3) Without the resources of a licensed publisher, marketing and distribution will be a greater obstacle than they otherwise would have been.
The author and publishing team are addressing this possibility by establishing partnerships with various organizations, community leaders, educators, and creators to promote Wyvern and highlight the need for Quinn's story as a resource.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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