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posted: 10/14/2012 6:12 AM

Octavia Spencer writing books for middle schoolers

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NEW YORK -- Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is looking to make some magic in the book world.

The actress best known for "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 that the first book, "Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit," will come out next fall. Spencer said in a statement 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."

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Spencer, 42, has also appeared in such films as "Flypaper" and the upcoming "Smashed."

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