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Lights Out - Book 1

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No school.  No parents.  No rules.

Shelly Wynn, as well as all the other children of Applewood, woke up Tuesday morning and all the adults had disappeared. The kids discovered that they can do things, things that children - or anyone else for that matter - shouldn't be able to do. When the lights go out, they must use their new found powers to survive the things that go bump in the night. Who will see the next morning and who will be lost to the darkness? 


"Lights Out" is a children's chapter book series that utilizes the Open Dyslexic font which allows for easier reading for those with dyslexia.

This isn't just about reading...

Lights Out is dedicated to bringing female central characters to the forefront of every story.  Did you know that according to Hanice McCabe who reviewed nearly 6,000 children's books from 1900-2000 that only 31% had female centric characters? 

Also, Lights Out wants to ensure that minorities are firmly represented, not only in a positive light, but as strong role models.  The NIU review by Melanie Koss in 2012 found that only 21% of children's books featured a secondary culture.  Furthermore, of the 455 sampled works, 75% of human main characters were white, 15% were black and 6% were all other cultures combined. 

Rudine Sims Bishop published an article in 1990 titled, "Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors".  She stated, "When children cannot find themselves reflected in books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part."

In a survey of 2,000 schools, 90% of educators believed that children would become more enthusiastic readers if they had books reflecting their lives.  (Weneeddiversebooks.org)

It is also true that 2/3rds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare (National Assessment of Adult Literacy) and 85% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. (Begintoread.com)

Can "Lights Out" fix the problems that are currently plaguing our society? Probably not, but it is a step in the right direction.

 
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Pierre S July 16, 2015 3:55 pm UTC
It is hard to see why this is here. It is not related to tabletop roleplaying gaming. Was this meant for DriveThruFiction instead of DriveThruRPG?
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Neal P July 16, 2015 10:11 pm UTC
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Hey Pierre! Thanks for the catch. "Lights Out" is part of the "Spooks! Welcome to the Great Beyond" universe. It is also a precursor to a future role-playing title. I updated the product description to let people know that it is part of a tabletop RPG world. I've also included it into drivethrufiction.com. Great catch and I apologize for the confusion.
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