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Authors of the Novels Which Comprise the Book Series "Volonians," Have Launched Their "Let’s Read" Tour to Visit Schools to Make Reading Fun, and Engaging

Carlos O. Hardy and Christopher Franklin Edwards, Jr. are co-authors of the Science Fiction book series, “Volonians.” They have demonstrated their ability through the written word to take readers off to a place called “Volonia.” The “superheros” contained within the book series are relatable to all, as there are no races, or nationalities portrayed, only shades of skin such as mocha, caramel or vanilla.

Los Angeles, CA, March 29, 2016 --( Hardy and Edwards, Jr. have developed the “Let’s Read” Program, consisting of the theatrical performance that they developed based off of their Sci-Fi book series “Volonians” which they perform at community schools. The books are available on, and consist of “Volonians: Mysteries of the Vondercraft” available in a Kindle Edition for free, and “Volonians The Awakening of the Au Vyndure,” Volumes One and Two are available in paperback.

“The play we wrote and perform at schools which is based on our book includes actors, music, dancing, costumes, and scenes from the books to get kids so engaged that they want to read the book.” He continued, “Our 'Let’s Read' Program is exciting, engaging and inclusive,” as both authors want everyone to recognize their own brilliance, and believe that can be done by "increasing literacy, which stimulates creativity, and by keeping a focus on diversity and unity allowing for the inclusion of everyone." “We know how it feels to be excluded, so we wanted this book to include us and everyone else. We are open to implementing our 'Let's Read' program wherever the doors are open to do so," Hardy concluded.

According to Edwards, Jr. They have put on their theatrical performance based off of the "Volonia" book series at over 100 Los Angeles schools, and the co-authors have left a book in every library at each school.

First Lady Michelle Obama is a big source of inspiration to them, according to Edwards, Jr. and Hardy, "It was her 'Let's Move' program to reduce childhood obesity and inspiring children to stay active, which made them pose the question to themselves, 'how do we in turn make reading fun and exciting for kids?' We were inspired simply through learning about what she launched in terms of her 'Let’s Move' program and the good work she is doing to get kids active," states Edwards, Jr., "and we as co-authors set out to do something to in turn make reading engaging."

Christopher Edwards, Jr. would like to tell other influential members in various communities, who may be in the position to get involved with "Let's Read," perhaps to sponsor books for schools, as they want each child to be able to leave with their own book. "We are just trying to better the world, in this case one child at a time through improving literacy and to make something mandatory (reading) engaging and fun. We are just asking if you would take a moment to recognize the brilliance in us through our program we have developed, so that we can pay it forward and help thousands, if not millions of kids recognize and find their own brilliance.” The author duo can confirm that they have had an interview, to be considered for an appearance on the Steve Harvey show, to discuss their "Let's Read" program.

The “Superheros” in the books reflect diverse images. “We did that with purpose, everyone needs to know they have brilliance,” states Edwards, Jr. "Everyone has the ability to use their gifts to do good, and be a superhero." Hardy continues, “Each human being has a unique brilliance about them. The goal is to recognize it when you see it, because as you are noticing someone else’s brilliance in actuality you are noticing your own.”

The conclusion, according to co-authors, Hardy and Edwards, Jr., "Let's Read."

If any school is interested in participating, please reach them at Carlos O. Hardy, originally from Flint, MI and Christopher Franklin Edwards, Jr., originally from St. Louis, MO, are now based in Los Angeles, CA. Hardy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Ferris University in Big Rapids, MI. He majored in Film and Television. Edwards, Jr. graduated from Eastern Illinois University and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications.

News story provided by Lisa Pellegrene, Publicist and Media Relations contact for Carlos Hardy and Christopher Edwards, Jr. Ms. Pellegrene is a television and film producer/director/actress as well as a social justice and animal advocate who is based in the Los Angeles area. She is an advocate and part of positive change for human and animals, based upon exercising love, compassion and respect for all.
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