Empowering Children Through LIterature

Check out the latest article from author Fran Orenstein.  With her background in counseling and education she is the perfect person to write this article.

Empowering Children Through LIterature

Children learn by observation, imitation, and rehearsal, until the behavior becomes ingrained in their psychological makeup. What happens when a child is different and exists on the fringes of the social order? Perhaps he has no role model to emulate, no one to listen who understands, or she cannot find the words to express her feelings. Some children act out inappropriately and become the class clown or bully. Others seek friends who will get them into trouble, such as gangs or the wrong kids because they need to feel accepted. Others retreat into their own world and become loners.

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Fran Orenstein

Fran Orenstein

Raised in Brooklyn and Bronx, NY, Fran Orenstein, Ed.D. writes ‘tween and YA books, as well as novels and poetry for “grown up” folks. She is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Fran is also an experienced editor, and gives presentations and writing workshops at schools, libraries and conferences.
Her ‘tween mystery series, The Mystery Under Third Base and The Mystery of the Green Goblin, and Fat Girls From Outer Space a ‘tween novel on bullying and childhood obesity, published by SP (www.sleepytownpress.com)are available on Amazon.com.
Check out her two YA historical romance novels, The Spice Merchant’s Daughter (Whiskey Creek Press) and The Calling of the Flute (SP), which are available on Kindle and in paperback.
Her short stories are featured in anthologies such as Gallery Of Voices from (SP).
Gaia’s Gift (World Castle Publishing) is a novel for adults about a woman’s love, loss, guilt, deception and redemption.
The Book of Mysteries (World Castle Publishing) is a YA fantasy trilogy of novels in one volume.
Relections (SP), a book of poetry, follows many decades of a woman’s life from childhood to early elder years.
For more information, visit Fran’s World at http://www.franorenstein.weebly.com.

The Spice Merchants Daughter

The Spice Merchants Daughter

In 1685, Jean-Claude Dubois, son of a French spice merchant, escapes from the violence against Protestant Huguenots and sails to Prussia. Jean-Claude falls in love with Marie and they marry and have a daughter, Katy. At thirteen, fluent in French, Katy is sent away to be the companion of spoiled, aristocratic Charlotte to tutor her for a marriage into French nobility. Katy must accompany her to France, where she meets the blacksmith’s apprentice, Gilles. Their love appears doomed when the family takes her to Versailles for the wedding. They remain there for two years, while Charlotte’s lecherous brother Franz pursues Katy to become his mistress and, although terrified of him, Katy is powerless to help herself. Finally Katy and Gilles are reunited when the family returns, but Franz, enraged at Katy’s stubborn refusal, frames Gilles for attempted murder, sending the young couple fleeing for their lives across the French countryside.

Fat Girls from Outer Space

Second Edition- Frederica (Freddy) Gold is smart, talented, funny and overweight. She hates her name, her body and the school bully. As if that weren’t enough, her parents are newly divorced and her dad has a young girlfriend. Excited about turning twelve and starting middle school, Freddy meets Dolly, an African-American girl and Eva, a Latina, who are are also fat. They discover a mutual love and talent for music and form a band. In this coming-of-age story, Freddy learns to cope with adversity by using her humor, talent and the support of her friends, her older brother, and a special ‘fat angel’ to earn respect and popularity. ‘Tween years are tough for every kid and whether it’s zits, body image, hair, bullying or personality, this book will touch every kid between nine and fourteen.

Reflections

Reflections

Everywoman wanders, seeking a place in the sun, where she can raise her face to the warmth and rejuvenation. Reflections is everywoman’s journey through the many decades of her life that might be the saga of us all, with a few tweaks here and there. Follow her from childhood to early elder years on a trip that ranges from funny and ridiculous, to woeful and introspective. All are welcome to take her hand and tread upon the path she has chosen in this lifetime and enjoy the experience. Dr. Fran Orenstein’s writing is nothing short of brilliant and now, with the debut of her poetry collection, she delivers another thought-provoking reading journey. Orenstein is a masterful, skilled writer. Her ability to harness and weave language into breathtaking poetry not only holds your attention through every word, but challenges your own emotion and imagination. Few authors are able to depict such vivid images with their words, however Orenstein has proven her abilities once again. Her work is for readers of all ages and for those who truly value artful poetry such as written by literature’s esteemed greats. – Rev. Dr. Deborah Simpson, owner of Spirit Cove, LLC., Poet and Author of Beauty Forever Reigns, The Oracles 333: Selected Verse, and Love and Romance.

The Mystery of the Green Goblin

The Mystery of the Green Goblin

Huby, the strange boy who sees the future, mysteriously materializes out of nowhere to return in this exciting sequel to The Mystery Under Third Base. It’s Halloween and Alex Cooper, age 11, is wearing a green goblin costume. On mischief night, Alex’s hated math teacher falls down the stairs and suffers a fatal head injury when his mailbox blows up. A green goblin was seen near the teacher’s house that night and by the next day everyone believes that Alex Cooper murdered his teacher, including the police. Join Huby, Alex and his schoolmates as they set out to prove that Alex did not commit the crime. Is there really a nasty green goblin in town and what part do Alex’s sometimes friends, Trash and Mungo, the town lowlifes, have to do with it?

Thew Calling of the FLute

Thew Calling of the FLute

Set in Lithuania in 1897, this historical romance is the tale of a young woman conflicted by the traditions and laws of her religion and a need for her own identity. For most of her fifteen years, Hannah has loved Gershon, the Rabbi’s son. A match is made, but Hannah fears becoming a Rabbi’s wife and having to be a perfect example of womanhood. In her mind, the traditional cutting of her hair and wearing a wig or scarf means losing her identity. Hannah tells Gershon how she feels and he breaks the engagement, shaming her family. Life takes a turn for the worse, when her young brothers’ fight with town boys causes a pogrom, an attack by Russian Cossacks. When the Russian army comes for her brothers to conscript them into the Czar’s army, Hannah’s aunt and uncle offer to smuggle the boys out of Lithuania to America. Hannah begs to go with them, despite the harrowing journey. Along the way, she meets Eli, a young flute player, also running away from Russian conscription. Hannah’s dream of love and life in a safe, free land, may at last be within her grasp if they survive the voyage and get through immigration.

Gaia’s Gift

Gaia's Gift

Rachel Wells loses everything she cherishes in a brief summer storm off the coast of Florida. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, driven to the point of insanity by survivor’s guilt, Rachel turns her back on the world and retreats to a deserted island with her cat. Here she plans to live out her life in isolation, frozen behind an impenetrable veil of pain. That is, until she receives a gift from the sea that opens a slit in the veil and allows the world to intrude. Ignoring her conscience, Rachel learns too late that some gifts are not meant to be kept forever, and that forgiveness and redemption sometimes require sacrifice. The gods and spirits watch as the many layers of love unfold to reveal a complex finale.

The Mystery Under Third Base

The Mystery Under Third Base

Eleven-year-old Willie, always the smartest kid in town, skips two grades, doesn’t have any friends, and spends his days reading in an abandoned old cellar. Suddenly, Huby appears out of nowhere. Who is this weird new boy who knows things he shouldn’t and might not be what he seems to be? Together they explore Willie’s favorite hideout where mysterious noises and dots of light could mean a ghost. When Willie wins a school contest with a proposal to build a baseball field, the project may fall apart because third base will be over Willie’s cellar hideout and whatever may be down there. With the help of new friends and the town witch, Willie’s resolution of the ghostly problem is The Mystery Under Third Base.