Octavia Spencer to Pen Books for Middle Schoolers

Octavia Spencer is looking to make some magic in the book world.

The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in “The Help,” has a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for a pair of detective novels for middle-school students.

Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the first book, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit,” will come out next fall.

In a statement, Spencer said that she had been inspired by such mystery series as Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown and hoped to give kids the same “sense of magic.”


Pictured: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 8th annual GSLEN Respect Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)