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Linnie Mae's New Friends is a story of a young girl who, through a volunteer experience, learns that ALL people are people.
123 backers pledged $5,270 to help bring this project to life.

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The Story

Linnie Mae is a 9 year old girl who lives a comfortable life in the suburbs with her parents.  She has not spent much time in the city and definitely does not understand the homeless. Her mind is filled with negative stereotypes and scary images of those who sleep on streets.  In one night, her attitude completely changes.  During a volunteer excursion with her family, Linnie Mae meets some interesting people and hears some intriguing stories.  In the end, she makes a connection with those she met and learns that all people are people.  A homeless person is a person with a story just like her.  LINNIE MAE'S NEW FRIENDS is a kid's picture book about investing time in others, offering a helping hand, and personal self-discovery.

Linnie Mae and her parents enter the city
Linnie Mae and her parents enter the city
Linnie Mae plays with her new friend Juan
Linnie Mae plays with her new friend Juan
Along with her parents and a friend, Linnie Mae is about to begin a night of volunteerism.
Along with her parents and a friend, Linnie Mae is about to begin a night of volunteerism.

The People

Aaron M. Brown is a husband, father, and community advocate.  He, along with his family, has committed his life to positively impacting others and motivating people to take action in their communities.

Paulina Ganucheau is an up-and-coming illustrator and graphic artist.  She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. She is an avid lover of design, illustration, and comic books.

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The story is written.  The illustrations are almost complete.  A digital version of the book is in the works.  Educational materials have been created to help parents and teachers open dialogue with children about homelessness and caring for others.  What we do not have at this time are the funds needed to print copies of the book.  That is why we need your help.  The funds from this project will be used to help cover printing expenses and promotional expenses.  As you know, Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform.  We need your support to ensure that we hit our goal.  Partner with us and help us positively impact the lives of children everywhere.

Linnie Mae's New Friends iBook for iPad by Epilogue of New Orleans
Linnie Mae's New Friends iBook for iPad by Epilogue of New Orleans
All People Are People Sticker by Paulina Ganucheau
All People Are People Sticker by Paulina Ganucheau
5x7 "Character Development" print of Linnie Mae by Paulina Ganucheau
5x7 "Character Development" print of Linnie Mae by Paulina Ganucheau
(4) 5x7 Linnie Mae postcards by Paulina Ganucheau
(4) 5x7 Linnie Mae postcards by Paulina Ganucheau
"Give the Change" Coin Sak
"Give the Change" Coin Sak
11x17" prints by illustrator Paulina Gancheau. Choose between Option 1 and Option 2.
11x17" prints by illustrator Paulina Gancheau. Choose between Option 1 and Option 2.
The Give-Back-Pack: A Jansport backpack that includes the bookmark, a signed copy of the book, a "Give the Change" coin sak, 11x17 print by Paulina Ganucheau, plus a hand-written thank you by Aaron Brown
The Give-Back-Pack: A Jansport backpack that includes the bookmark, a signed copy of the book, a "Give the Change" coin sak, 11x17 print by Paulina Ganucheau, plus a hand-written thank you by Aaron Brown

Risks and challenges

LIfe is full of obstacles and challenges. We do not expect this project to be any different. As mentioned above, the story is written and illustrations will be finished soon so they will not be a concern. The biggest challenges will come during the printing and distribution phase of the project. We are prepared and ready for all obstacles. Regardless of the outcome of this Kickstarter campaign, we are committed to printing copies of this book. If unsuccessful, it will take us a lot longer to make this dream come true. If the homeless can battle and survive the challenges of the street, we can overcome any obstacle in our way in the completion of this book!

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    An illustrated bookmark from Linnie Mae's New Friends by Paulina Ganucheau plus a hand-written thank you from author Aaron Brown.

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    An illustrated bookmark by Paulina Ganucheau plus the digital version of Linnie Mae's New Friends for the iPad by Epilogue of New Orleans.

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    "Character Development" Sketch-work of Linnie Mae by Paulina Ganacheau, 5x7" print

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    An advance print copy of Linnie Mae's New Friends signed by author Aaron Brown.

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    A 5x7" print and bookmark by Paulina Ganucheau plus a signed print copy of Linnie Mae's New Friends by Aaron Brown.

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    A 5x7" print by Paulina Ganucheu, a signed print copy of Linnie Mae's New Friends by Aaron Brown, and a "Give the Change" coin sak.

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    For a pledge of $75 or more, author Aaron Brown will read and discuss Linnie Mae's New Friends in person or via Skype. This would be a great learning experience for a classroom, youth group or organization. In-person readings are limited to Fort Wayne and surrounding areas.

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    With a pledge of $100 or more, Aaron Brown will name a character from his next book after you.

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    The Give-Back-Pack: A Jansport backpack that includes the bookmark, a signed copy of the book, a "Give the Change" coin sak, both prints by Paulina Ganucheau, plus a hand-written thank you by Aaron Brown.

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