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Becca Lee GardnerBy Becca Lee Gardner
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Becca Lee GardnerBy Becca Lee Gardner
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About

THE FOREST GLOWS
THE FOREST GLOWS

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT? 

THE FOREST GLOWS is a story of Milo trying to find his brother after an alien ship crashes into the Amazon Rainforest and the impact begins to change the forest into a hybrid of the alien world and Earth. Milo gains an ally in his search, a black jaguar, who has also lost something since the crash. This is book 1 of 6 in this series! 

Amana from THE FOREST GLOWS; Art by Andrew Bosley
Amana from THE FOREST GLOWS; Art by Andrew Bosley

 An Excerpt from THE FOREST GLOWS: 

"A hum filled the air. It shook the trees. It quieted the birds and the howler monkeys. The river rippled with the sound. “Here comes the Sky Ship,” Luca said. He sat behind Milo in the small, metal boat. Luca sounded excited. Luca sounded happy to see the huge, gray ball floating in the sky. The ball everyone had been talking about ever since it had come into their sky a month ago. The other children talked about what the ball might hold. Aliens? Laser guns? Medicine to cure all snake bites? Milo did not look at the Sky Ship flying above him and he did not think about what the Sky Ship held. He thought about what the Sky Ship brought. It brought the big, round man from Manaus. A man that touched your head, even when your eyes told him you didn’t like him. A man that talked about a war that might come with words that made your parents look at you with sad eyes. A man that made Mama and Papa follow him and leave you alone with your older brother. Milo ignored the humming of the Sky Ship above them. He kept his gaze on the river beneath them. He held his spear and net tighter in his hands, hoping for the dark shape of a fish to pass by beneath them. “Milo.” Milo didn’t look at his brother either. When Milo was angry and sad at one thing, he was angry and sad at everything. Sometimes that sadness made it so Milo didn’t talk to his brother. Sometimes that sadness made it so Milo couldn’t let his brother leave the house without following him so closely that Luca tripped on Milo’s feet."

THE FOREST GLOWS, Cover Art by Andrew Bosley
THE FOREST GLOWS, Cover Art by Andrew Bosley

THE FOREST GLOWS is the 1st Bite-Size Epic!

What is a Bite-Size Epic?

All the awe and excitement of epic science fiction and fantasy, but made bite-size for young readers.

How is a Bite-Size Epic Different?

40 pages. 

Most beginning chapter books are 100 pages or more! That's a big leap from the 20 page early reader books many children learn to read with. 40 pages is long enough to help bridge this gap, but small enough a child can finish reading it independently without losing interest.

7 chapters. 

Bite-Size Epics keep the chapters short and plentiful to help kids build reading confidence!

18 full-color illustrations.  

THIS is what makes a Bite-Size Epic truly unique.  18 full-color illustrations in such a short story have many purposes: 

  • To get kids excited about reading a longer book. Illustrations make the longer text look less daunting to a hesitant reader.
  • To increase reading comprehension. If a word or sentence is unclear to a young reader, the illustrations provide context and increase reading comprehension.
  • To increase reading fluency. Fluency is often built by rereading the same book again and again. Illustrations increase the re-readability of this book with their visual appeal.
  • To evoke the wonder and awe of sci-fi and fantasy. These genres are all about imagination and exploration (subjects kids are experts in) and FULL-COLOR illustrations are absolutely necessary to satisfy and excite these experts!
Milo Bomba from THE FOREST GLOWS
Milo Bomba from THE FOREST GLOWS

WHO CAN THE FOREST GLOWS HELP?

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OUR STORY

It all started on a trip to our local library ...

As I was chasing the 2 year-old up and down the aisles and collecting picture books from my 4 year-old, I noticed something different. 

My 7 year old was not in the early reader section. 

On the third lap around the picture book aisle, I guided my 2 year old into a quest to find her oldest brother. And we found him. In the chapter book section. He was surrounded by piles of books he'd collected. His excitement was palpable in the air. He showed me the covers of science fiction and fantasy books. Books with compelling stories. Books with fantastical characters. Books that acknowledged his imagination and engaged with it.

Books so, so different from the simplified, lifeless stories of the early reader books.

So we checked out a good selection of chapter books, thinking I'd satisfied my son's craving for good stories. But the books were too long and too complex for him to read independently. I tried to read them to him, but he yearned to sit on the top bunk, listening to the chittering of his parakeets, and read a book for himself. 

A 7 Year-Old's Special Place: The Top Bunk
A 7 Year-Old's Special Place: The Top Bunk

So, I began a quest of my own: to find a) epic sci-fi and fantasy books that young readers can access and b) books that helped kids make the huge transition between early reader books and chapter books.

The result of my quest, was an empty goblet. There were no sci-fi and fantasy books for kids who couldn't access chapter books and there were incredibly few books that even tried to help kids make this transition. 

Then, I realized that the power was within me to help, not just my own child, but many, many other children who yearned for epic sci-fi and fantasy (almost every child I've met) and any child who needs help transitioning to chapter books (also almost every child I've met).

I am a professional writer. My debut novel, ASTRAY, came out last year. I also have experience collaborating with artists.

Me at a local Literacy Event
Me at a local Literacy Event

So, I began searching for the right artist to tell this story. I found so many wonderfully talented artists, that I hope to be able to release MANY Bite-Size Epic series in the future. 

But, after a telephone conversation with Andrew Bosley and an image in his portfolio that connected perfectly with the budding idea for THE FOREST GLOWS, I knew he was the right illustrator for this project. 

And we have been preparing for this moment, the moment I introduce you to this project, ever since. 

MY LITTLE MAN READING AN EXCERPT OF THE BOOK

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 THE TEAM

Becca Lee Gardner
Becca Lee Gardner
Andrew Bosley - Illustrator
Andrew Bosley - Illustrator
Kirby Heybourne - Actor & Audiobook Narrator
Kirby Heybourne - Actor & Audiobook Narrator

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Support this cause by donating to it! Here's the cool things we offer to people who back our project.

NOTE: KICKSTARTER IS AN ALL-OR-NOTHING DEAL. IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL IN 30 DAYS, WE GET NOTHING, NO CARDS ARE CHARGED FOR DONATIONS, AND WE DON'T GET TO MAKE THIS BOOK TO HELP KIDS.

When You Donate, You Get Rewarded!
When You Donate, You Get Rewarded!

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS?

That's okay! If you want to join us in helping kids find a lifetime love of reading, here's how it works.

How Kickstarter Works
How Kickstarter Works
Where does the donated money go?
Where does the donated money go?

 Still have questions? Feel free to post in the FAQ section, or email me directly at beccaleegardner@gmail.com.

WHAT IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR GOAL?

Then we get to do more cool stuff!

What Happens If We Exceed Our Goal
What Happens If We Exceed Our Goal

THE FOREST GLOWS WILL BE PRINTED LOCALLY!

What does that mean for you?

The highest quality product from a printer/publisher that's been in the business for more than a 100 years!

Faster rewards! I don't have to wait 6-10 weeks for books to be shipped from China.

Fewer mistakes and damaged goods. With test prints and local customer service, I can get the highest quality product to you.

You get the pleasure of having a book of the highest quality, printed locally, and made entirely in the U.S.A.

When We Will Deliver On the Goods
When We Will Deliver On the Goods

THANK YOU!

Thank you for giving your time and your resources to a cause so near to my heart: helping kids to unlock a love for reading through epic sci-fi and fantasy.

This isn't a journey I could have done by myself. I'd like to list a few (of the many, many) people who have inspired me to continue and to try and to follow my heart:

My Little Family (Sancho, Little Man, Logi & Supergirl)

You are the reason I work for a better world and a better self every day. 

My Big Family (Darlinda, Dell, Megan, Ryan, Emily, Curtis, Danielle, Alisha, Dave & Anel)

You haven't stopped believing in me and so I haven't stopped believing in myself.

My Biggest Fans & Dear Friends (Sara Anderson, Melissa Robison, Christina Parks, Brooke Parks, Doug Wagner & Jessi Broesche):

No matter the dream, your encouragement has been constant.

My Artist Friends (Jeff Carlisle, Marta Podolska, Lynton Levengood, Cam Kendell, and Leo Aquino):  

May this epic work, so we can explore more epics together.

Aaron Johnston & The Extinct TV Family:

Extinct fueled my imagination and challenged me to make sci-fi accessible to all ages.

Thank You All!

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Risks and challenges

The text for THE FOREST GLOWS Book 1 is already completed, professionally edited, and ready to go.

Andrew Bosley is a professional freelance illustrator and confirmed on the project. The 18 full-color illustration will take a few weeks to complete and then integrate with the text to prepare for printing.

Kirby Heybourne is a professional audiobook narrator and is confirmed to work on the project on schedule.

I have a confirmed, local publisher that is ready to print the project (and has already done a test run for the project). The printer is a 15 minute drive from my home and the print run should only take a maximum of 2 weeks. There will be no shipping, no customs complications, and no international delays.

Should the best happen and we meet with the stretch goal that unlocks all 6 books being produced as an audiobook, there could be a short delay (1-2 months). This delay would allow us to get books 2-6 professionally edited and ready for Kirby Heybourne to produce. It would also allow Andrew Bosley to produce a new and exclusive cover for that audiobook.

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