Actress Octavia Spencer to Pen New Middle-Grade Series

You may recognize her from The HelpDinner for Schmucks, or Raising the Bar, but soon you will see Octavia Spencer‘s face on middle-grade novel jackets, as well.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Spencer has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster for a two-book series called Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective about a 12-year old Brooklyn vigilante with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do who moves to Deer Creek, Tennessee with her father. Randi is not thrilled with her new surroundings until she finds a mystery to solve. The first book in the series is called The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, which is slated for release in fall 2013.

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