A Multi-cultural group of superheroes are entering middle school. They’re excited to work on the new CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology in their advanced science classroom, and share a love of spy-gadgets.
Twelve-year old Marty grapples with adolescence and superpowers inherited from his maternal grandmother. Christopher, Marty’s buddy since kindergarten realizes his friend has been keeping a secret. Marty’s antics in their Advanced Science classroom and swim practice can’t be explained away, and his grandmother is getting suspicious. She advises him not to use his superpowers until she says he’s ready. Her powers helped Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
Soon, Marty is testing his superpowers, and creating robot soldiers who follow his every command. He learns international goons are working with the school bully to steal valuable CRISPR-Cas9 data stored at their beloved International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.
In the nation’s capital, Marty’s hard-pressed to keep his promise to his Granny. His superpowers and spy gadget expertise are tested in ways he never could have imagined. The goons will stop at nothing to get the prized CRISPR-Cas9 secrets onto the private jet destined for their home country. Who will win?
The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes
Release Date: March 6, 2018
ISBN: 978159598-588-0: Paperback; 978159598-589-7: E-Book
Price: $13.95 Paperback
Book Illustrator: Ian Wade of St. Philip, Barbados
As an author, when I’m not busy attending workshops, conferences, book festivals, and visiting schools and libraries, I’m off writing my next book.
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, black history, and the importance of family"
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."