The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom: The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by Conor Grennan

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by Conor Grennan

Just in time for the holidays, fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and superheroes have a great new book to look forward to--The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by Conor Grennan.


My now 14 year old loves to read and I am always on the hunt for new books for him.  When the offer to preview Hadley Academy appeared, it seemed like the perfect fit based on some of his favorite past reads.
Jack Carlson is dreading a class presentation when he suddenly finds himself transported to the Hadley Academy, a secret institution that tracks teens with unlikely gifts and trains them to protect the world from an unseen squad of killers. But Jack isn't the only one who doesn't know what he's doing at Hadley. Despite indications that he is the one prophesied to end the ancient Reaper War, Jack appears to have no extraordinary abilities. 
So when dark, mysterious forces grow, Hadley is in a confused panic. Much to everyone's dismay, humanity seems to depend on Jack and his new teammates. Can Hadley's rawest recruits push past personal struggles and enormous doubts, develop their dormant powers, and stop the spreading evil? And are they willing to commit to Hadley's motto, "One Life for Many," and make the ultimate sacrifice? The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted might be just the place for Jack after all.
Author Conor Grennan has worked with trafficked children in Nepal, reuniting them with their families.  This work is what inspired him to write Hadley Academy, creating a novel where the kids are the superheroes, and sharing the message that we are all gifted in unique ways.

Surely enough, my son loved the book and is already waiting for the sequel.  The premise of kids discovering their gifts and saving the world hit home, and really caught his attention, finishing the novel in a weekend.  After reading it, he also highly recommended it to me, that I needed to read it too, not just take his word for it.  I always love a book that inspires that kind of response.

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is now available on Amazon.  While we love it enough to recommend it now, we'd also suggest that it would make a great Christmas gift!

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