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RUSH: I was just asked to mention this again, so I will. We just announced yesterday the pre-order availability for the next Rush Revere incredible Adventures with Exceptional Americans series, Rush Revere and the American Revolution. It’s already up at number two on Amazon, number three at Barnes & Noble. Pre-orders! Folks, you people are great. I don’t know how to keep thanking you. You are just incredible.

It drops on October 28th. We have a small team of people that work on these books, and they are a labor of love. I would love to tell you that I do the whole thing, but I can’t in any way, shape, manner or form. I wouldn’t even joke about it because it’s not believable. The books contain too much. The historical research, the artistry, the graphics, the illustrations.

It’s a small team working exceptionally diligently and hard throughout the year in crafting and writing the Adventures of Rush Revere series, and we’ve been so excited about this one. We couldn’t wait. I’ve been as excited for this one as I am for the arrival of a new iPhone, and, you know, I love sharing my passions with people anyway. This one, we did for the military. It’s a must read.

It doesn’t require that you’ve read the first two but it certainly would help. The books are stand alone, but there’s a context to them. There is a mission involved in them. There are some themes that carry throughout, and that is the truth of the American founding, the love for country, the respect for the traditions and institutions and the reverence for the people who did it.

That’s what we’re trying to teach to our target audience here of 10 to 13 years of age. However, we have found that adults claim they’re learning things they didn’t know. That’s always gratifying to hear that as well. So our mission is to tell the story of the United States of America and its founding in a relatable way so that our target reader, 10 to 13 years old, can really get to know the people that founded this country.

They paved the way for all of us. With the time-traveling horse, it’s a very creative vehicle to take students right back to these events, these important events, and put them there, where the people that shaped and built this country talk about it. All of that’s historically accurate, and written for 10- to 13-year-old consumption as well. This one, as I say, was a special dedication to the men and women of our Armed Forces.

Like I said yesterday, I don’t want to give too much of this away, but just a little bit about this. One of the characters of the book is Cam. He’s one of the time-traveling students taught by the substitute teacher, Rush Revere, at Manchester Middle School, and his father is deployed to Afghanistan. He doesn’t understand why his dad’s gotta be gone so long. He has a real problem with it.

For you military families, I have to be honest: That was a revelation to me.

I just assumed that military families knew what Dad did. But even knowing what Dad does doesn’t make it easier when Dad’s gone — or Mom. Either one. The kids still question it, and would prefer their parents be around, obviously, but the parents had made this commitment. So that’s one of the stories in the book, Cam and the relationship he has with his dad, who has been deployed to Afghanistan.

Cam struggles with the separation and how long it is, and as the story develops, Rush Revere and Liberty — the talking, time-traveling horse — and the crew travel to Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill. Cam has an awakening during the course of the book, and it’s just great the way it turns out. It’s a great tribute to the military. It’s timed for Veterans Day. The book comes out on October 28th.

You see Cam start to mature right before your very eyes as the young man. He learns the why’s and the how’s of what his father does as a member of the Armed Forces. So we’ve combined that with the other mission of the book, which is the historical teaching accuracy of the founding of the country. Again, it’s Rush Revere and the American Revolution. Rush Revere has his own website now.

He’s grown up. It’s RushRevere.com. That website’s fabulous. It’s made for the readers, kid readers, children readers. And we’ve got a great trailer, a video trailer for this book that you have to see. You’ll see it as you go to RushRevere.com. It’s now up for pre-order and it’ll drop — it will be in your hands — on the 28th of October. That’s when it goes on sale, nationwide and worldwide.

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