LeBron James Middle Grade Fiction

Basketball star LeBron James has just released his first chapter book, We Are Family. Five kids are looking forward to the after school basketball program when the news it is cancelled shatters their dreams. James builds the plot to make it more than just about a ball game. The team is a “family, an escape, a dream.” Knowing the author is a professional athlete propels the story forward and each player is built up so we invest in the outcome of the story.

The Vanishing Stair

Number two in the Truly Devious teen mystery series, The Vanishing Stair has Stevie Bell returning to the prestigious Ellingham Academy, where the murder of a student took place before she was sent home. Edward King, a politician that her parents work for, convinces those parents to let Stevie go back to the school. In turn, he expects her to keep an eye on his son, whom Stevie likes very much. Actually, the same intensity of feeling with which she dislikes Edward King. Another student’s dead body turns up, and the stakes are raised. Can Stevie solve the mystery of Ellingham and catch the murderer before it’s too late? Tune in to find out…