Meet Brady Hart!
Hi friends! I’ve been hanging out with this kid for quite some time now, and I’m thrilled to finally share his story with you! Get ready to laugh, gasp, and maybe even hulk-out as you follow Brady and his friends, Sunday and Gladiss, on a journey for truth in book one in the Belt of Truth Series: Brady Hart and the Big Fake Out.
You’ll like Brady. He’s … um … different. He makes me laugh, like most preteens do. He’s smart in an interesting way. It’s hard to explain. Maybe I should just let him do it:
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
“My name is Brady Bartholomew Hart. Kids at school call me Too Smart Hart. I hate the name, but it’s true, I am smart. I took an IQ test once, but my parents never told me how I scored. They claim the information will give me a big head. It wouldn’t matter. The truth is, I already have a big head. Okay—it’s not freakishly large, but for some reason I’ve always had trouble pulling T-shirts over it. So I wear collared shirts, all the time, which makes me appear even smarter.
So far, I’ve never missed a question on a test. It’s because I always study, and because I have a photographic memory. My fifth-grade teacher once told me that she hoped I would use my special “gift” for good.
Be careful, Brady Hart,” she said, “plenty of highly intelligent people end up in prison.”
Nice vote of confidence.
I remember details from everything I see and read, but that’s not always helpful. For instance, this morning my eyes focused on the Froot Loops box for just a second, and now I can’t shake that nutritional information. Carbohydrate, 34 grams. Protein, 2 grams. Niacin, 20%. Get out of my head, Froot Loops! I prefer to use my brain space for science. Someday, I plan to discover a cure for leukemia. And after that—a cure for photographic memories.
Being smart sometimes gets me in trouble. But most of the time it gets others in trouble. In the story I’m about to tell you, it landed me and my friends right in the middle of a crime ring that ended up being investigated by the FBI. And it all started in a fitting room at Colby’s department store …”
(Excerpt from Brady Hart and the Big Fake Out)
Like I said, Brady is an interesting kid. He also loves God’s Word, and it kinda freaks him out when people don’t follow the rules. Thankfully he has some good friends who keep him calm—most of the time! If you’ve read the Riley Mae Good News Shoes series, you’ve already met Brady. He’s Riley’s little brother—only now he’s a sixth-grader and Riley’s in high school. She shows up a few times in this story to check on her brother. You know how big sisters can be.
I hope you have as much fun reading this story as I had writing it. And there will be more! I’ll be finished writing book two soon, and the plot of book three is in the planning stages! This series could go on for a while, because—well, Brady just can’t seem to stay out of trouble!