I’ll travel to Tucson, Arizona to bask in the glory of such well-known authors as R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), Mitch Albom (Tuesday’s with Morrie), Kelly Barnhill (The Girl Who Drank the Moon, 2017 Newberry winner), Jacqueline Woodson (National Book Award winner), Dave Barry (Pulitzer prize for commentary), bell hooks (Writing Beyond Race), and Scott Turow (N.Y. Times bestseller many times over), to name a few. You’ll find me hanging out in the Indie Author Pavilion, drumming up fans, so I too can join the heavyweights in the big tent someday soon. Hey Universe, are you listening?
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."