Kelly P. Baptist


KELLY J. BAPTIST was born and raised in the great state of Michigan and has been writing since she learned how to write! She won the 2015 We Need Diverse Books short story contest with The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn, which is included in the middle grade anthology, Flying Lessons and Other Stories. As a result of her work in an urban school district, Kelly felt compelled to continue Isaiah’s story with Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero and Isaiah Dunn Saves The Day. She’s also wrote a picture book, The Electric Slide and Kai, and two middle grade novels, The Swag Is In The Socks and Eb & Flow. Kelly keeps beyond busy with her five children, who always give her plenty of story ideas and background noise to write to.



Starting middle school is no joke! Isaiah Dunn has more to say in the sequel to the award-winning novel Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero. Friendship, community, and a love of poetry blend in this coming-of-age tale.

Things are looking up for super kid Isaiah Dunn. He and his sister, Charlie, are getting used to staying with Miz Rita, and Mama’s feeling better. Isaiah’s poetry business with Angel is taking off. Plus, Isaiah has his dad’s journals if he needs advice….

Like maybe now, because starting middle school is hard. His mentee Kobe won’t stop making trouble. To fix things, Isaiah will have to rely on every hero he knows–including himself!

Discover the heartfelt and humorous sequel to the award-winning novel Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero.

Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day by Kelly J. Baptist – (Crown Books for Young Readers)