'Freddie' by M.T. LeBlanc

Author and illustrator M.T. LeBlanc’s original creation, ‘Freddie.’

M.T. LeBlanc will hold a public reading and book signing for his first published book, “Are You Ready, Freddie?” on Saturday, May 5 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Entrepreneurship, 2 Peacock Hall, located on the campus of Appalachian State University. Join M.T. for a family-friendly event with cookies and a guest appearance from the book’s leading character Freddie. Unique M.T. LeBlanc merchandise, lots of cookies and lemonade, photos and autographs will be available at the release party, hosted by Creative Unbound.

LeBlanc, a Boone native, is a special young man with autism who has amazing artistic talents. He has created a collection of original characters that are featured in his new book. Freddie, a spirited rabbit, grew up thinking he would never be ready for anything since he was always late. Freddie travels to Hollywood where he meets new friends and challenges. During his quest to become a famous actor, he discovers the importance of always being ready.

LeBlanc attended Green Valley School and graduated from Watauga High School in 2015. Recently, he graduated from the Scholars with Diverse Abilities program at Appalachian State University. Like his main character, Freddie, LaBlanc is an aspiring actor and has been involved in numerous theater productions in the Boone area. Additionally, Creative Unbound, a collaborative project between the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program at Appalachian State, has showcased his artwork through products featuring his characters that are for sale on the Creative Unbound website at creativeunbound.com.

Besides drawing, LeBlanc is skilled with a sewing machine and has created many costumes and “stuffies” of his characters. Dressed as Freddie, LeBlanc has entertained groups of children and adults alike and is available for local events. For more information or to book an event, please contact Jennifer LeBlanc at leblancjr@appstate.edu.

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