Fran Orenstein is a guest blogger on Lindsay Ann Kendal’s blog site from Sat. Jan 19th through Wed. Jan. 23rd. Read her humorous and serious blog on writer’s block and what to do about it. It’s at http://lindsayannekendal.blogspot.co.uk/ Win your choice of one of three give-away books, if you visit and enter.
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.
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?
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.
Check out the latest trailer for Fran Orenstein’s book The Book of Mysteries. This a great book for the tween set and makes a great Christmas gift for the reader in the family. Find her books on Amazon.