By Tara Fowler
Updated October 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM EDT
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Octavia Spencer is turning her considerable talent to children’s books. The Academy Award-winning actress has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to publish a two-book series titled Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.

Randi Rhodes is a 12-year-old Brooklyn vigilante with a Tae Kwon Do black belt. When her mother dies, her father moves them to a small town in Tennessee. At first, Randi is less than thrilled by the new locale. But then the town’s 200-year-old time capsule disappears and it’s up to Randi to track it down.

“I want to take young readers on a sleuthing adventure,” Spencer said in a statement. “Growing up I was a huge fan of mysteries like Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, and my biggest hope is that after meeting these young detectives, kids will experience the same sense of magic I felt when solving my first mystery.”

The first book — Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit — will hit shelves in fall 2013.

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