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Book Publishing Company Mission to Help Kids Become Super Heroes

Kathy Young, called "Mentor" is one of the characters featured in Crusaders comic book

Kathy Young, called "Mentor" is one of the characters featured in Crusaders comic book

 
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By Corey Blake

Helping kids find their super powers. That's the concept behind the innovative Crusaders comic to be written by Round Table Companies (RTC), a book publishing and storytelling company. Using the origin stories of seven of the authors whose inspirational memoirs RTC helped produce, the Crusaders shows how ordinary people can make choices to live extraordinary lives.

One Crusader, Vox, like her alter ego, Alesia Shute, was diagnosed with cancer as a young girl, and her powers lay in her increased psychic sensitivity and influence.

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Like her character, Excalibur, Angelica Harris was abused as a young girl, by those closest to her. Now, she empowers others who have been abused by increasing awareness, support, and understanding.

Mentor, otherwise known as Kathy Young, uses her perceptivity and expertise to help children and adults find their true potential. In real life, Kathy lives in McHenry County where she is a reading teacher and literacy volunteer. She just published a book about a woman who overcame her learning disabilities to become a success in business.

These superheroes all became special by accident, and that's the message that RTC CEO and president Corey Blake wants to make sure young people know. The book, geared for 5th grade and up, shows readers that even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, they can create their own paths to success.

"Kids need to be given the gift of recognizing that being a superhero is a choice you make," Blake said. "It's a choice these authors made. It's important to recognize your super powers and to know that you have to choose whether or not you're going to use them."

The comic book offers this important lesson. But here's the catch: without enough donations, it might not get published.

In order to create the book and donate copies to schools and other non-profit organizations, RTC needs to raise a total of $35,000 by May 31st. RTC is partnering with Kickstarter, an organization that connects donors to worthwhile projects. Currently, the company has raised more than 10% of the goal, with 24 more days to go. Blake said that pledges can range from $5 to $1500 (pledges at higher amounts will be gladly accepted) and can be made on the Crusader's Kickstarter website.

Although RTC could have asked its authors to contribute financially in order to publish the book, Blake said this was an opportunity to engage an entire community of people whose pledges could ultimately help kids envision a better future.

"We loved the idea of having a new vehicle to reach kids," Blake said. "Not only does this help children find their strengths and learn how to use them, it lets everyone who donates to this important project play the part of a super hero as well."

For more information about the Crusaders, please contact Corey Blake at

Round Table Companies, corey@roundtablecompanies.com or call him at 847.682.3493.

About Round Table Companies

Round Table Companies, a subsidiary of Writers of the Round Table, Inc., is a diverse creative IP development and storytelling company. For more information please visit www.roundtablecompanies.com.

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