MS Review – Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex – young adult fantasy

Book Details:

Book Title:  Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman
Category:  Young-Adult Fiction (18 +), 286 pages
Genre:  Action-Adventure/Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire
Release date:   July 30 2022
Content Rating: PG. The author thinks the book is G-rated. A reviewer said it had some curses. Some may consider “Holy crap” is a curse.

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Reviews from others

“If I were to give a book to every young adult in this world, I would give them Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman without blinking. I absolutely loved every moment of this uplifting and fascinating story. It’s filled with valuable life lessons, adventure, peril, and highly relatable and lovable characters.” Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers’ Favorite

“Harry Potter meets Sky High. If you’re a fan of young adult stories where protagonists go to mysterious schools to train their superhuman abilities, don’t miss out on Grady Whill and The Templeton Codex.” Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Reader’s Favorite

“Carole P. Roman has created a world that is unique, inhabited by characters that young people can easily relate to because of their similar concerns about growing pains… This book has a strong message and theme that deserves to be read.” 
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Reader’s Favorite

Book Description:

Templeton Academy- the superhero high school is finally open! The prestigious institution 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?

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My Review

Roman, Carole P. Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex. 2022.

The first thing that appealed to me about Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex was that the main characters have some challenges in their lives. Grady has asthma and it appears that Arusha might be on the Autism Spectrum. Carole P. Roman has done a good job of portraying these characters as well-functioning young people

Templeton Academy is a new elite school recruiting students from around the world. Both boys want to attend. Grady’s uncle, who is his guardian, is opposed but won’t give reasons why. Arusha applies and is accepted. Without his knowledge, Arusha also applies in Grady’s name, so it is a surprise to Grady when he gets an acceptance letter. Unfortunately, so does Elwood, the bully who torments them. 

The teachers teach the students in “new” ways that somewhat resemble neuroplasticity. Their philosophy is that you can control things with your mind/thoughts. Readers need to keep in mind that this a fantasy story while there might be parts of it that are based in science. Weird things happen that the kids and their friends aren’t sure about. 

Bullies will be bullies no matter what school they are in. The daughter of the founder is enamored with power. She entices Elwood to follow. The story is one of good vs. evil. In addition to finding your strengths and using them. 

The author calls this a high school adventure for an 18+ audience. However, due to the age of the characters (eighth and ninth grade) the book is more appropriate for the middle school audience. 

I enjoyed this story and hope it is the start to a series. 

I recommend that K-12 Christian school librarians read Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex before adding it to their library. The book does use minced oaths and phrases like “holy crap” quite regularly. There is also the element of thoughts becoming reality which some audiences may have a problem with. 

I received a complimentary copy of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex. This is my honest review.

Also from the Pen of Carole P. Roman:
Book Details:

Book Title:  Giggles Galore Jokes, Riddles and Fun Facts for Kids of all Ages by Carole P. Roman
Category:  Children’s Fiction , 170 pages
Genre:  Humor
Publisher:  Chelshire
Release date:   August 2022
Tour datesNov 7 to Dec 2, 2022
Content Rating: G.

Book Description:

What’s more fun than a rainy afternoon?

A rainy afternoon with Giggles Galore!
Treat yourself and your child to this fun-filled book of jokes, riddles, and exciting bits of information.

Entertain your friends and family with a wide variety of jokes that include funny foods, animal antics, jolly jungles, farcical farms, dizzy dinosaurs, hilarious holidays, and a host of humor from all over our wacky world.

Fun facts are sprinkled throughout the book and give a welcome relief from all the giggles.
There’s even a section where budding comedians can learn to create new jokes.

Lastly, join Carole P. Roman’s beloved character, Susanna Maya Logan, for a short story about why we must use humor wisely, or it may not be considered funny by everyone.

A great tool to help a reluctant reader, Giggles Galore is the perfect way to practice social skills and develop friendships.

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Meet 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.

connect with the author: website twitter facebook bookbub ~ goodreads

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  1. Thank you for sharing your review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, this sounds like an exciting story to share with my grandchildren and I am looking forward to reading it myself

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  2. Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex sounds like a book that will keep the kids entertained and the Giggles Galore book sounds like one they will have fun with, thanks for sharing them with me!

    Thanks for sharing your review, Jane!

    Have a sunshiny day!

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  3. I appreciate how thorough your review is- people should be able to make informed decisions about reading choices. Sounds like an exciting book that can start some thoughtful discussion – thanks for sharing about it 🙂 !


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