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Thanks to your support, Magic The Crest and the sequel will reach thousands of young readers!
Thanks to your support, Magic The Crest and the sequel will reach thousands of young readers!
60 backers pledged $2,211 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to our backers, we reached the goal of raising $2,000, and can donate 100 copies of the book to school libraries!

I'm Rena Marthaler. I'm a young writer in Portland, Oregon. I wrote Magic The Crest during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). With your support, I can publish a sequel. Magic The Crest is a middle grade fantasy adventure novel about the power of girls and friendship to conquer anything.

Magic The Crest is 128 pages, seven chapters, and available on Amazon.com, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, and at Wallace Books in Sellwood. (Thank you to our local bookstores!)

About 500 kids have read Magic The Crest since it came out in January! Daniel "The Library Dude" at an elementary school said "All our copies are checked out by students every week. I can't keep it on the shelf." In some classrooms, teachers are reading the book aloud to the kids. Teachers and parents say kids want to write their own stories when they find out that kids can write books. One fourth grader even designed a board game for a book report based on the characters and story in Magic. WOW! 

After reading Magic, a student created a board game based on the book for her class project.
After reading Magic, a student created a board game based on the book for her class project.

For most new authors, book sales don't cover all the expenses of publishing. These costs include cover design, ordering proof and review copies, ebook formatting, and donating copies to schools, libraries and other organizations.

We donated one hundred copies to libraries so children can read Magic for free. If I exceed my fundraising goal, I can donate more copies of the book and sequel, and print more copies for bookstores. Powell's Books in Portland has sold out of Magic twice! They created this cute shelf-talker to display the book.

Powell's Books shelf talker.
Powell's Books shelf talker.

Being able to keep publishing my series so more kids can read my books would be Magic-al! Please read below to see what my first adventure novel is about.

"When a terrifying flying dragon menaces an elementary school, ten-year-old Rachel and her three best friends discover they have extraordinary powers to save the school. The girls are in for trouble when they use those powers to follow prophecies to rescue a lost child and find a series of valuable jewels. The girls have to battle mythological monsters, shape-shifting animals, and forces of nature in their quest for the Crest."

Vlog book review

The wonderful YouTube vlogger Mallory Shoemaker of malarayofsunshine reviewed Magic The Crest on her vlog here.

And the best written review of Magic The Crest is from Wallace Books! 

"We'll use the old rule that youngest goes first. And Rena Marthaler beats our other authors by decades. Only in the 4th grade, Marthaler participated in the NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program, and has written a fantastical first novel. This is a fast-paced adventure story of four friends who discover they have magical powers and follow a prophecy to Oregon, fighting all sorts of fantastical creatures along the way (their first encounter is with a dragon, and the stakes only go up from there).

Kids will fall under the spell much the way they have with Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling; adults will sit back and enjoy how the childhood imagination can take off at cheetah-speed, basking in the nostalgia when they wrote their first fantasy novel ... and thoroughly enjoy how smart-aleky the main character, Rachel can be….

Hopefully Rena won't stop at just one. Let's wish that this writerly impulse will continue her whole life."

Thank you for supporting my book projects! I hope you have a Magic-al summer, full of reading, writing and new stories. ~Rena Marthaler

Risks and challenges

Finding time to write a whole novel is hard. I will sign up for the Young Writer's Program during National Novel Writing Month for moral support to finish the sequel. Their program helped me stay focused to finish my first novel!

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    You are the best! With your permission, you or your business will be thanked in a special section in the acknowledgements of the next print runs of Magic The Crest, and/or the sequel! Also receive a box of 5 signed paperback copies and up to 5 Kindle copies of Magic The Crest for you, your friends, or a school you love!

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    Please name a dragon in the sequel! And, with your permission, you and your program or business will be described on a single dedication page in the next print runs of Magic and/or the sequel. Thank you for being a Young Writer Patron - you are amazing! Also receive a box of 10 paperback copies and up to 10 Kindle books of Magic The Crest for an organization or school you support.

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