BOOK REVIEW AND $50 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman
Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
by Carole P. Roman
GENRE: YA adventure
The prestigious academy is recruiting the best of the best to enroll in its student body.
The school is as mysterious as it is exclusive.
Grady Whill thinks there is nothing special about him to make the grade.
However, his best friend, Aarush Patel has been selected and thinks Grady has the right stuff.
Even school bully Elwood Bledsoe is attending.
If Grady is fortunate enough to be picked, his guardian has forbidden him to attend.
Will a family secret prevent Grady from becoming the superhero he was destined to be?
I’d like to say that life improved, but I’d be telling you a lie. Elwood Bledsoe continued to bully Aarush. While Aarush constantly cautioned me to rein in my reaction to him, I could not. It landed me in two more detentions, and the last one finally cost me my job at the supermarket where I bagged groceries.
“You’re coming for dinner,” Aarush informed me one afternoon.
I shook my head. “Can’t.”
Aarush neatly packed his brown bag with unfinished food and said, “You have to come over. You’re not working. Tonight they are announcing the winners of the Find My Power Essay on television. Devon Neely has to win. Imagine losing your sight and learning— ”
“Aarush, they’ll never accept a blind kid.”
“They took that girl Lydia,” he blurted.
They had indeed.
“She’s not blind,” he retorted.
I raised my eyebrow. She hardly looked like someone people expected to make it into the Temple. All I could recall was she seemed most unremarkable. Most of the kids who were accepted had a rare talent. They could run the fastest or do math without a pen or paper. I couldn’t remember what made her special.
Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex: A Superhero High School Adventure is not your ordinary superhero tale. Main characters Grady and best friend Aarush have what many may consider to be invisible disabilities. Grady suffers from asthma while Aarush is on the autism spectrum. Despite their daily challenges these two make an impressive team when it comes to solving crimes.
Perfect for middle grade readers, this book encourages readers to think of people as a sum of our parts and that we are not defined by our disabilities. I love the friendship between Grady and Aarush. Their chemistry is heartwarming, and their personalities are endearing. They are what a best friend should be. The plot is engaging and easy to read. I was engaged from start to finish and couldn’t put this one down! The descriptions are vivid leaving the reader feeling like there are in the story too.
What I loved most is how inclusive this book is, I haven't read many like it and I hope to see more. The book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger; I hope this indicates book 2 is on the way. I know I will be anxiously waiting to find out!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.
Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.
She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.
Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.
Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.
She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.
Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the 'mother of reinvention.' She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.
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