K. Tempest Bradford
Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion
Eleven-year-old Ruby loves studying insects and would do just about anything to be an entomologist. So when she finds the weirdest bug she’s ever seen in her front yard, she does what any scientist would do: quickly capture it for further study.
But this insect is not your average bug. It doesn’t appear in any of Ruby’s bug books . . . And no online experts can identify it. Before Ruby can celebrate discovering a new species, the bug escapes! Soon, odd things around the neighborhood go missing, and no one’s heard from the cranky old lady down the block for nearly a week. Where did this weird insect come from, where did it go, and why has the neighborhood gone sideways? If she wants answers, Ruby will have to use her best tools—her brain, the Scientific Method, and a crew of neighborhood friends—to catch the strange bug before the feds do.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
"A page-turning mix of science, science fiction, and mystery that will empower readers to pursue their own STEM passions." ―Kirkus Reviews
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K. Tempest Bradford is an award-winning teacher, media critic, and author of fantasy and science fiction steeped in Black Girl Magic. Her debut middle grade novel Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion will be out in September 2022 from FSG for Young Readers.
Tempest’s short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines, including In The Shadow of the Towers and Strange Horizons. Her media criticism and essays on diversity and representation have been published at NPR, io9, Ebony Magazine, and more.
She teaches classes and gives talks on representation and creating diverse narratives for Writing the Other and has been invited to teach at Clarion West, LitReactor, universities, and entertainment companies.
She’s the recipient of the 2020 LOCUS Special Award for Inclusivity and Representation Education and the 2022 Lemonade Award. She’s been nominated for FIYAH Magazine‘s IGNYTE Community and Ember Awards.
Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Mystery, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction/SFF, STEM, BIPOC