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Octavia Spencer Signs w/ Simon & Schuster To Pen 2-Book YA Series ‘Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective’

Octavia Spencer Signs w/ Simon & Schuster To Pen 2-Book YA Series 'Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective'

Octavia Spencer is expanding her name brand, from actress, now to author.

From the press release… the Academy Award-winning Spencer has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, to publish Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective, a 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.

I’m certainly curious…

The press release says that an index at the end of the book will provide fun activities and a website, for what it calls 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.

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

And given Hollywood’s infatuation with adapting YA novels right now, I’m sure Spencer wouldn’t mind if that trend continues and Randi Rhodes eventually gets the big screen treatment.

We’ll see.

Regardless, kudos on the move.

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Karen Lurie

My 10 year old daughter (and 14 year old son, believe it or not) loved these two books. My daughter keeps asking for the third book. Will there be one Ms. Spencer? We hope so! Great way to pass long car rides – we read and listened to the books on tape.


Tae kwon do is Korean , ninjas are Japanese. You're stupid to mix two entirely different countries/cultures. Asians are not all the same. What an insult.


Go, 'Tavi! Get that Weight Watchers deal, QVC deal, all of it.


It's probably not the $3.5 million deal that the overhyped Lena Dunham got for her book this week, but good for Octavia nonetheless.


Good for her. Diversify, diversify…..

Geneva Girl

I wonder if she's actually going to write the books herself or just give the story idea to a writer as Whoopi Goldberg does with her Sugar Plum Ballerina series. This is the kind of book that I'd buy for my daughter and I do hope that Ms. Spenser writes it herself and writes it well.

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