Brad Meltzer is The New York Times bestselling author of political thrillers as well as a non-fiction writer, television show creator and comic book author. He also writes for children and the newest book in the Ordinary People Change the World series, “I Am Lucille Ball,” was released yesterday.
The Ordinary People the Change World series came about because Brad Meltzer was disappointed at the ‘heroes’ that some children admire. He wanted to give his young daughter real heroes, ordinary people who stood up for what they believed in and ended up changing the world. He has paired up with award winning comic artist Chris Eliopoulos and each of the books focus on a particular trait that made that role model a hero. There will be twelve books in the series.
“I Am Lucille Ball” focuses on Lucille Ball’s ability to make any situation funny and by making people laugh she proved that humor and laughter can take on anything.
Previous books in the series include:
“I Am Abraham Lincoln” tells the story of young Abraham Lincoln who stood up to bullies and that inspired him to stand up for others and to speak his mind.
“I Am Amelia Earhart” introduces young readers to young Amelia Earhart who built a makeshift roller coaster in her backyard and even though she crashed it inspired her to not accept the limitations that society placed on her.
“I Am Rosa Parks” focuses on Rosa Parks as a child who stood up to a white boy who pushed her even though she had done nothing to provoke him. The situation taught her to stand up for herself and for what is right.
In “I Am Albert Einstein” the title character is given a compass when he was a child and it fascinated him because it always pointed north. This inspired him to never stop being curious and never to stop discovering.
In “I Am Jackie Robinson” a young Jackie Robinson deals with racial segregation and that makes him stronger and he grows up to be an inspiration for others.
Upcoming titles include “I Am Martin Luther King, Jr” and “I Am Helen Keller.”
Brad Meltzer has written several political thrillers beginning with “The Tenth Justice” in 1997. He has also written non-fiction books and written for comic books like Green Arrow and Justice League of America. He is the host of the television series ‘Brad Meltzer’s Decoded’ and ‘Brad Meltzer’s Lost History.”
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