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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

My Thoughts - Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex

by Carole P. Roman


GENRE: YA  adventure



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?



I’d like to say that life improved, but I’d be telling you a lie. Elwood Bledsoe continued to bully Aarush. While Aarush constantly cautioned me to rein in my reaction to him, I could not. It landed me in two more detentions, and the last one finally cost me my job at the supermarket where I bagged groceries. 

“You’re coming for dinner,” Aarush informed me one afternoon. 

I shook my head. “Can’t.” 

Aarush neatly packed his brown bag with unfinished food and said, “You have to come over. You’re not working. Tonight they are announcing the winners of the Find My Power Essay on television. Devon Neely has to win. Imagine losing your sight and learning— ”

“Aarush, they’ll never accept a blind kid.”

“They took that girl Lydia,” he blurted.

They had indeed. 

“She’s not blind,” he retorted.

I raised my eyebrow. She hardly looked like someone people expected to make it into the Temple. All I could recall was she seemed most unremarkable. Most of the kids who were accepted had a rare talent. They could run the fastest or do math without a pen or paper. I couldn’t remember what made her special.



If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be? To the boy, I gave a black eye when he pushed my blind brother into the street. No, wait, he should apologize to me. 

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have? Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades. 

How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre? I don’t think I am anything like other people who write this genre and I think I sound vastly different from them. 

What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received? Get a good editor. Quit your day job. 

Are the experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life? This book is filled with people I know and have watched struggling with the idea they are not good enough for everybody else. It’s based on every bully who forced me or someone I loved to question their value. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

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Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex is written by Carol P Roman. This is a Middle School Fiction book that I read with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed this book very much. There is a bit of cursing in this story, so please be mindful of that. This is the first book that I have read by this author. 

The story follows an average kid who lives with his uncle. Grady and his friend, Aarush wish to attend the prestigious Templeton Academy. They find themselves getting in along with the school bully. The location of the school is a secret location. This is a transition from middle school, to high school. This is the school where they can learn superhero stuff. (This reminded us of Harry Potter )

I like how the author created realistic characters. We see Grady with asthma and Aarush with autism. I feel that this is important for this day in age since there is so much bullying going on. My son has some issues that have caused him to get picked on, so he really seeing a character like this. I feel others that have the same issues can relate. 

The book is well written. There is great character development. My son and I really enjoyed this story. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Goddess Fish Promotions for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 


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  1. Congratulations on your release of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, Carole! I enjoyed the excerpt and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which I have wrapped and put under the tree for the kids! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting, for sharing your thoughts!

    Have a magical holiday season!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to sharing it with my grandchildren

  3. The book sounds fantastic. Love the cover.