Nick Brooks is a writer and filmmaker who in 2016 created and launched the children’s books series The Adventures of Yani, read in schools across the country. His short film Hoop Dreamin’ earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Film Fest. His short film Bee won the James Bridges and Jack Larson Award for writing and directing and premiered at the American Black Film Festival. In Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont (Union Square Kids), Brooks’ middle-grade novel debut, self-proclaimed genius inventor Ethan Fairmont runs into an abandoned car factory to avoid a local bully and stumbles across his ex-best friend Kareem, new kid Juan Carlos, and an extraterrestrial visitor. Cheese (the alien) is stuck on Earth in need of some serious repairs, spicy snacks, and total secrecy. Then mysterious agents descend on Ferrous City to search for Cheese. With time running out and their families and friends in potential danger, can Ethan, Kareem, and Juan Carlos pull off an intergalactic rescue before they’re all found out?