Multi-cultural superheroes, science & spy gadgets book named Finalist in American Book Fest’s 2019 Best Book Awards in Children’s Fiction Category

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Award-winning middle grade novel, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes, features a 12-year-old African-American superhero and a multicultural cast of friends, who work on CRISPR-Cas9 in their seventh grade advanced science classroom, and share a love of spy gadgets. Author Lora L. Hyler is planning a three-book series.

Wisconsin author Lora Hyler received a Finalist award in the Children’s Fiction category in the 2019 Best Book Awards held by American Book Fest of Beverly Hills, CA.

The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes features a 12-year-old African-American superhero and a multicultural cast of friends, who work on CRISPR-Cas9 in their seventh grade advanced science classroom, and share a love of spy gadgets.

Awards were presented for titles published in 2017 - 2019. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest included a very competitive children's fiction category and yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers. Contributing to this year’s outstanding competition were publishers HarperCollins, Penguin/Random House, Simon and Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and hundreds of Independents.

The awards are now in their seventeenth year. “The 2019 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States,” Keen said. “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

American Book Fest has an active social media presence with over 138,000 current Facebook fans.

The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes Kirkus Review accolades:
“An African-American tween uses espionage skills and superpowers in this debut middle-grade novel. Seventh-grader Marty Hayes is excited to work with the world-renowned CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing kit in science class. But things go awry…This rousing book with engaging characters should appeal to readers who enjoy adventurous superhero sagas. A thrilling tale with series potential that highlights science, spying, history, and the importance of family.

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Hyler has a publishing contract with HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc. for the three-part middle grade series in English. The book is available at bookstores throughout the U.S. (on shelves and via 2-3 day special order). Copies may also be purchased through http://www.HenschelHAUSbooks.com
For more information, visit: http://www.lorahylerauthor.com

Lora Hyler, a resident of Glendale, Wis., is a former radio news journalist, and corporate communications manager. She owns Hyler Communications, a public relations and marketing firm founded in 2001. Her goal in children’s publishing is for all children to see themselves reflected within the pages of a book.

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