Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., award-winning author and poet, wrote her first poem at age eight and submitted a short story to a magazine at age twelve. Published books include Gaia's Gift, a contemporary woman's novel, Death in D Minor a historical murder mystery, Murder in Duplicate, a contemporary mystery, and The Book of Mysteries, a YA fantasy adventure trilogy in one volume (World Castle Publishing). Also, two historical YA romance adventure novels, The Calling of the Flute, The Spice Trader's Daughter, and a contemporary 'tween novel, Fat Girls From Outer Space (Saguaro Books, LLC). Coming this summer, two adult poetry books, First Steps and Winding Ways (Aquitaine Ltd.) and The Shadow Boy Mysteries a three-book 'tween mystery series (Saguaro Books, LLC)

Her prize-winning short stories and poetry have appeared in various anthologies. She presents writing and publishing workshops at various venues in the Southwest Florida area. Fran’s books are available in ebook and paperback format.  

Fran has been a teacher, a counselor, written professionally as a magazine editor/writer, and also wrote political speeches, newsletters, legislation, and promotional material while working for NJ State Government for 22 years. She wrote professional papers on gender equity and violence prevention, which she presented at national and international conferences. Fran managed programs for women in gender equity, early education, and disabilities, as well as serving as Special Projects and Disabilities Officer for the AmeriCorps Commission in New Jersey.  

She has a BA in Early Childhood Education, a MEd in Counseling Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Child and Youth Studies. Fran is a member of the Florida Writers Association, the Florida State Poets Association, and the National League of American Pen Women.  

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Enter The Book of Mysteries at your own risk with Tyler Trent and his best friend, Zack Vander. Tyler and Zack live in an apartment house in New York City. Tyler’s uncle sends him to a find a disappearing bookstore, an ancient bookseller, and The Book of Mysteries, where exciting and danger-filled adventures await them. 


In the strange world of Balara, the two boys, with the help of a Balaran girl, a dragon-slayer giant, and a yellow, polka-dot dog, must un-mask and force a wizard to release a fire-breathing dragon from a deadly spell. The boys must complete the quest before they can they return home, that is, if the disappearing bookstore is still there and they remember the magic words. 


In the second novella, Tyler and Zack face marauding gargoyles.  Good King Elveron’s golden scepter has the power to keep the country of Gothica safe and thriving, but it has been stolen by his evil stepmother, the former queen. She has cast a spell on the gargoyles that sit atop Blackthorne Castle, home of the King’s half-brother, Lord Malevil, and the winged-beasts menace the countryside every night. The boys, with the help of twin Goth princesses, Lily and Ivy and their cousin, Sir Valor, must retrieve the scepter and free Gothica from the terror of the Gargoyles. Only then can they return to their own world through the bookstore that may have disappeared. 


This could be the last adventure Tyler and Zack undertake, for they may not be able to return home. They emerge in a world populated by the hairless people of Haven, trees that can speak and move, and colonies of mythical beasts that live in the surrounding plains and mountains. There is imminent war between Griffons and Hippogriffs and Haven lies between. Even guarded by a massive forest of trees, the destruction of Haven appears to be a real possibility, unless Tyler and Zack and their Haven friends, Kai and Cassa, can find a stolen crystal, prized by the Centaurs in the mountains of Spyr and convince them to help stop the war. The Centaurs live in isolation and want nothing to do with the other inhabitants of the country. Tyler and Zack face the most dangerous quest of all, and this could be their final journey into The Book of Mysteries.

Print ISBN:      9781938243585
E-Book ISBN:  9781938243592
Genre: Juvenile Fantasy/Suspense
Release Date 6/15/2012
Bad things are happening in Gillian Sandler’s life. Just after her ninth birthday her parents announce that they are getting divorced. If that wasn’t enough, her dad is leaving for a younger woman named Amber whom he intends to marry. Even worse, Gilly, the star goalie for the school soccer team, knows three Ambers, all on the team and in her fourth-grade class. Embarrassed and furious, Gilly conspires to get rid of Amber, her future stepmother, and enlists the help of her older brother, Marcus. Whatever she tries seems to backfire, until one terrifying night, when she learns something important about Amber. Then there’s the Amber Club at school. If she can become a member, will they join the conspiracy?

Print ISBN:     9781939865007
EBook ISBN:  9781939865014
Genre: Middle Grade Ages 6-9
Release Date 03/15/2013
Gillian’s future stepmother, Amber just won’t go away no matter what Gillian tries to do. Now Amber is planning her wedding, and Gillian hates the junior bridesmaid’s dress Amber has chosen for her to wear. Gillian thinks the color looks like something she smears on a bologna sandwich or worse. As the war of wills continues between them, Amber takes Gillian on a shopping trip for a new dress. Once more, the feisty nine-year-old is plotting how she can sabotage the wedding and get rid of Amber, who has a secret she won’t reveal until the wedding. In this second book in the Amber series, Gillian laughs, cries, stamps her feet, pulls pranks, and tries her best to accept this new person in her father’s life. The question is, will she succeed, or will the battle between Gillian and Amber go on and on.  

Print ISBN:    9781629891781
eBook ISBN:  9781629891798
Genre: Middle Grade Ages 6-9
Release Date 12/01/2014