Young Adult Fiction Review: Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman

This morning, I have a young adult fantasy adventure in our book review spotlight! Check out Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Carole P. Roman & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

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.

"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

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About the Book

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?
My Review

This book is an excellent start to the Grady Whill Series. The author really creates relatable characters that tweens and teens will love. It is also a clean fantasy that will appeal to older readers too! The characters face some typically unfortunate middle school/high school issues like popularity, bullying, and friendship--they also have backstories to work through, like autism, anxiety-induced asthma, lost parents, money issues, confidence issues, and such. Readers will be drawn to Grady and his friends as they brave their middle school to high school years and venture into the unknown with Templeton Academy.


Roman creates characters to love in this book. It is impossible not to love the friendship between Grady and Aarush. Aarush's confidence in himself and in Grady keeps Grady's teenage self-doubt in check at times. Watching the teens grow and find their places in life at Templeton, come of age, and learn about themselves and their strengths--and weaknesses--and, most importantly, grow as an adventure team--makes this a great book from start to finish no matter the age of the reader.


Would I Recommend Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman? This book certainly hits its target audience in theme. Kids love fantasy adventures and superhero lures. Just as the characters are coming of age, there are pieces of older teen thought that make it lean more toward older teens than younger middle school readers. It has a Harry Potter feel at times--but brings even more of a friendship angle to this adventure. The novel does end with some loose ends, so readers should expect to continue future adventures with Grady and the crew. This first book brought smiles and a definite interest in Grady's future! I recommend it to fans of clean, teen-focused adventures with great, relatable characters.

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

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. Thanks for hosting me! Glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. I liked your review, thanks for sharing

  3. Thank you for sharing your review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, this sounds like a wonderful book to gift to my grandchildren

  4. Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex sounds like an exciting read for the kids and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, A Mama's Corner of the World, for sharing your review!

    Have a sunshiny day!



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