Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer to Publish Children's Book Series

Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer to Publish Children's Book Series

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer has signed with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, to publish Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detectivea two-book middle-grade series. The first title in the series, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit will be published in Fall 2013, and is the author's first novel.    

Randi Rhodes isn't your average twelve-year-old. She's a Brooklyn vigilante with a Tae Kwon Do black belt. But circumstances take a turn for the worse when Randi's mother passes away and her father decides to move to the small and sleepy town of Deer Creek, Tennessee. Randi couldn't be more unhappy—until a mystery arises: the town's two-hundred-year-old time capsule, which is rumored to contain hidden treasure, inexplicably disappears. Randi must solve the case, as the town's fate hangs in the balance. An index at the end of the book provides fun activities and a website, for a truly interactive experience.  

"I want to take young readers on a sleuthing adventure," says Octavia Spencer. "Growing up I was a huge fan of mysteries like Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, and my biggest hope is that after meeting these young detectives, kids will experience the same sense of magic I felt when solving my first mystery."

"Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective, is a fun, sweet, and hilarious series that is meant to bring family and friends together to solve the mystery," says Zareen Jaffery, Executive Editor of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, who will edit the book. "Randi and her friends are characters kids can relate to and look up to. We are thrilled to launch Octavia Spencer's first middle-grade series here at Simon & Schuster."

The agreement was negotiated by Zareen Jaffery, Executive Editor of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and Andy McNichol at WME.

ABOUT Octavia Spencer

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen.  Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWorks' feature filmThe Help won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Broadcast Critics' Choice Award, among countless other honors. Octavia is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University.  She currently resides in Los Angeles. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit is her first novel.




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