This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Carole P. Roman.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Carole P. Roman
Ages 8-18 | 243 Pages
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc. | ISBN-13: 9781950080434
Grady Whill Guest Post:
How Grady Whill Got his Name
When I decided to write Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, it was not so much a story about a superhero or a superhero high school. It was a coming-of-age story that both parent and child could relate to.
I created my character, Grady Whill, and chose his name as a play on the word, will, as in willpower.
What is willpower, and why was it essential in a story about superheroes?
I didn’t want Grady to be extraordinary in any way. He couldn’t have qualities that made him stand out. He’s a student who melts into a crowd, choosing not to be noticed rather than the center of attention.
Grady does not seek the limelight or think he’s superior in any way. He’s not brilliant or excels in sports. He has no special abilities other than his kindness to his friend, Aarush. He could be any kid your child would meet in school.
Aarush, on the other hand, is often the target of bullies. He’s called ‘robot boy.’ Aarush was diagnosed with autism and, because of that, finds himself not included with the other students.
Interestingly enough, Grady is the one who feels the lack of confidence and bristles at the injustices, while Aarush doesn’t appear to care if he is accepted or not.
Templeton Academy and its fascinating staff are the vehicles for Grady, Aarush, Pari, Lydia, Bailey, and others to discover their hidden potential. They must learn that the biggest stumbling blocks are the ones we put in our own way.
Willpower is about discipline mixed with confidence combined with a healthy dose of self-esteem to believe yourself capable of actualizing your dreams.
Grady is constantly being stifled, yet it’s Aarush who understands and tries to show him that you can achieve your goals simply by believing in yourself.
The idea of taking the students from their comfort zone of suburbia and putting them onto a remote island lent to the fantastical aspect of the book. Social media, phones, and all distractions had to be taken away for them to be able to explore their potential to do extraordinary things.
Only with an extreme institution could that be done, so Templeton Academy had to be like no other school on earth, located on a desert island, far away from anything familiar to the students. Yet, it had to be relatable. There had to be an element of truth, that they are in an actual school, learning how to do unbelievable things in a relatable way. Projects, homework, and even the school bully are present, proving that school is school no matter how special it is.
Templeton Academy may be out of reach for any child, but the lessons that Grady and his friends learn are portable. They are packed into the story for that critical moment when it dawns on the reader that they are reading about their own possibilities, the limitless potential, and the obstacles they must learn how to overcome.
Publisher’s Book Summary: Templeton Academy, the superhero high school, is finally open!
The prestigious academy is recruiting the best of the best to enroll in its student body. The school is as mysterious as it is exclusive. Grady Whill thinks there is nothing special about him to make the grade. However, his best friend, Aarush Patel has been selected and thinks Grady has the right stuff. Even school bully, Elwood Bledsoe is attending.
If Grady is fortunate enough to be picked, his guardian has forbidden him to attend. Will a family secret prevent Grady from becoming the superhero he was destined to be?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.
Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.
She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.
Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.
Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.
She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.
Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the ‘mother of reinvention.’ She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.
For more information, visit http://www.caroleproman.com/.
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