September News Release - Chicagoland Appearances


Lora Hyler

Wisconsin middle grade novelist appearing in Chicagoland
Frugal Muse Books, Music & Video in Darien, Ill. Sept. 15
Children’s Book Fair in Hyde Park Sept. 16
Women & Children First Bookstore Oct. 4

September 2, 2018–Glendale, Wis.–Wisconsin author Lora Hyler will introduce Illinois book lovers to her middle grade novel at three separate events in Chicagoland. The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes features a 12-year-old African-American superhero and a multicultural cast of friends, who work on CRISPR-Cas9 in their 7th grade advanced science classroom, and share a love of spy gadgets.

Media outlets have called The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes ‘Black Panther meets Harry Potter.’ “It’s only fitting that I continue to tour Illinois and surrounding states, building on the excitement of my debut novel expressed at the inaugural Wakandacon, held in early August in downtown Chicago,” said author Lora Hyler. “I love meeting kids who love science fiction and fantasy, as well as science, and the spy gadgets and history sprinkled throughout my novel keeps things moving.”

The bookstore and book fair visits are part of a planned five-state book tour of WI, Ill, IND, MI and Ohio spanning the months of September and October.

Hyler’s appearances:
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Frugal Muse Books, Music & Video, 7511 Lemont Rd., Darien, ILL.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at in Hyde Park, between Woodlawn Ave. and Kimbark Ave., Chicago
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago

Advance Reviews:
“Middle grade readers who pick up The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes expecting a one-dimensional story of a young would-be scientist/superhero will find the read exciting, stimulating, and a powerful probe of heroism’s roots and friendship’s special challenges; highly recommended as a standout tale.”
– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“An African-American tween uses espionage skills and superpowers in this debut middle-grade novel. Seventh-grader Marty Hayes is excited to work with the world-renowned CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing kit in science class. But things go awry…This rousing book with engaging characters should appeal to readers who enjoy adventurous superhero sagas. A thrilling tale with series potential that highlights science, spying, history, and the importance of family.
– Kirkus Review

“It’s a fast-paced adventure about kids who have a love for science, a fascination for all things spy related, and are just realizing that they have inherited some special talents. Smartly written, not only with the inclusion of science, the book also delights with a diverse cast of characters and well-placed references to civil rights’ history and more. This could be an excellent jumping off point for some nonfiction reading about Harriet Tubman, the Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ruby Bridges. I highly recommend this read.”
– Valerie Biel, author of Circle of Nine series, Lost Lake Press

Hyler has a publishing contract with HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc. for the three-part middle grade series in English.
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Lora Hyler is a resident of Glendale, Wis., a former radio news journalist, and corporate communications manager. She owns Hyler Communications, a public relations and marketing firm founded in 2001. Her goal in children’s publishing is for all children to see themselves reflected within the pages of a book.


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