FILE - This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows actress Octavia Spencer, 

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows actress Octavia Spencer, a cast member in the film "Smashed," posing for a portrait at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival in Toronto. 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. 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." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows actress Octavia Spencer, a cast member in the film "Smashed," posing for a portrait at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival in Toronto. 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. 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." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
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