Tyler Trent and Zack Vander once again visit the disappearing bookstore and go on another adventure from The Book of Mysteries, this time battling the terrifying Gargoyles of Blackthorne. Their quest is to retrieve the golden sceptor of Good King Elveron that keeps the country of Gothica safe and thriving, now stolen by his stepmother, the evil former queen. She has bewitched the gargoyles that guard her castle and the beasts come alive and menace the people of Gothica every night. With the help of identical twin Goth princesses, Lily and Ivy and their cousin, Sir Valor, the boys must enter Blackthorne Castle, home of the wicked queen where the sceptor is kept under the watchful eye of the gargoyles.
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., published author and poet, also edits both poetry and prose. She wrote her first poem at age eight and has written and published academically and professionally since then. This included working as a magazine editor and writer, writing political speeches and material for state government and newsletters for various organizations. Her credits include four previously published ‘tween novels and a book of children’s poetry. The second edition of The Wizard of Balalac from The Book of Mysteries is on sale at http://www.sleepytownpress.com. The second book in the series, The Gargoyles of Blackthorne was just released from Sleepytown Press. In October 2010 watch for the release of The Spice Merchant’s Daughter, a teen historical romance novel set in France during the reign of King Louis XIV, in Ebook format. And…there are more books as yet unpublished. Dr. Orenstein recently finished an adult anthology of mystery, ghost, and vampire short stories and just completed an adult novel of human frailty and redemption, with bursts of poetic creativity in between. She is planning book three in The Book of Mysteries Series, The Griffons of Spyr. Check her website at http://www.franorenstein.weebly.com and http://www.myspace.com/franorenstein.
Author, Poet, Editor
THE WIZARD OF BALALAC
THE GARGOYLES OF BLACKTHORNE
from The Book of Mysteries
THE SPICE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER
Whiskey Creek Press
Coming in October 2010
Life is an adventure!
Wizard of Balalac
When 12 year-old Tyler Trent is sent by his Uncle Tad to a disappearing bookstore in New York City to find the Book of Mysteries, he and his best friend, Zack Vander, have no idea that they will enter into an exciting and dangerous adventure in the strange land of Balara. The two boys, with the help of a two Balaran girls, a dragon-slayer giant, and a yellow polka dot dog, must battle a wizard and a fire-breathing dragon to resolve the mystery of the Wizard of Balalac.
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., published author and poet, also edits both poetry and prose. She wrote her first poem at age eight and has written and published academically and professionally since then. This included working as a magazine editor and writer, writing political speeches and material for state government and newsletters for various organizations. Her credits include four previously published ‘tween novels and a book of children’s poetry. The second edition of The Wizard of Balalac from The Book of Mysteries is on sale at http://www.sleepytownpress.com. Watch for the debut of book two in this series, The Gargoyles of Blackthorne coming soon from Sleepytown Press. A teen historical romance novel will arrive in October from Whiskey Creek Press in Ebook format. And…there are more books as yet unpublished. Dr. Orenstein just finished an adult anthology of mystery, ghost, and vampire short stories. Currently she is writing an adult novel of human frailty and redemption, with bursts of poetic creativity in between, and is planning book three in The Book of Mysteries Series, The Griffons of Spyr. Check her website at http://www.franorenstein.weebly.com and http://www.myspace.com/franorenstein.
“This is a true story written by a prolific author, about her own younger brother who suffered Encephalitis when he was not more than a newborn. It entails his strength of personality and will to overcome an illness which left him with a so-called, mental handicap as well as physical.
I was filled with admiration for this man, Stanley Robinson and by the time I finished reading, I was in awe. I would recommend reading to anyone but for those who have known or had a person like Stanley in their lives, it will tug your heartstrings. At the least it is a lesson to the rest of the world…Souls come wrapped up in many different packages..all are a wonderful gift.”
This review was written by Sandy
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Dream Catcher by Yvonne Mason
A story of triumph, love, persistence, endurance and more
There is no such thing as a child who cannot learn. There is no reason why anyone should be shunned or considered an outcast because he or she is challenged academically or in any other way. But, for a child to succeed he or she needs the support, guidance and love of a family. In this story you will meet a remarkable and unique family who not only proved the unimaginable and the unthinkable about a special young man, but engaged the help and love of friends too. Born with a serious illness, Yvonne Mason’s brother Stan proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he was going to show the world that he is here and that he will definitely succeed.
Not able to speak, not able to walk, and not able to do the things that other kids could do at first, he taught himself how to maneuver and crawl when faced with a challenge before the age of one. Born with 2 clubfeet and faced with wearing heavy plaster casts on his feet, Stan, Yvonne’s brother learned to overcome this and managed to move around. But, that is not all, with the help of his brother Barry, sister Yvonne and lots of friends and cousins he managed to learn to walk, take care of his own physical needs, attend school, graduate, help play practical jokes with his sister and cousins, take a bus to his Work Training Program and much more. But, what he had to learn after all of this is not much different from what we had to learn: Lessons of Life and Lessons of bigotry and prejudice not only toward people of different color or races but toward people who are different. Stan learned that not everyone is who he or she appears to be. Stan soon learns people can be cruel and underhanded. People take advantage of you when they think you are less knowledgeable than them. This holds for everyone, not just Stan.
His love of bowling, the first time he went to an Atlanta Braves game and his courage to forge ahead against all adversity makes you wonder why young people today give up so fast and try and take the easy way out.
Stan is truly a person to be admired. Nominated for the Toby Nobis award, which recognizes business, and employees who are challenged helped to give him a sense of pride but to his family too. Although he did not win this did not deter him. This was a man who was not supposed to be able “to do the simple things in life. How amazing the brain works,” as the author puts aptly puts it. Where others would whine and complain when Stan was faced with a problem he would handle it head on.
Flying by himself, dealing with a broken television set and adversity at work, he is truly an inspiration for all those who take defeat so easily and readily. Imagine trying to explain to someone the difference between 9-pin bowling and the regular method. As a bowler I do know the difference and when Yvonne describes the incident where Stan was trying to explain why he and his knew friend Lisa changed to a different bowling alley I remembered my brother trying to teach me to bowl without toppling over and throwing my arm cross alley. This story brought back some great memories. But, some lessons are difficult to learn and this time when Lisa proved herself to be a user and conniver his mother stepped in and thwarted Lisa’s scam. Others do not only learn by those who are challenged but these lessons of life too. You can never be too careful when it comes to lending money to a friend, especially when it appears that money is a primary reason for the friendship.
With their Abbot and Costello routines and their many funny high jinks Yvonne, Stan her mother and her family learned that you could do anything if you want to and don’t ever give up.
Everyone looks up to their parents and wants to emulate or follow in their footsteps. Stan loved his father and spending quality time with him and imitating some of his mannerisms and daily routines cemented their bond even more.
You need to read the last chapter written by Yvonne’s mother and presented at West Georgia for everyone to hear. Yvonne’s mother is truly amazing and someone who did what most mother’s should do but might not have the wherewithal or the stamina to do: SHE WOULD NOT ACCEPT FAILURE AS AN OPTION!
Stan is an example of what people must do in order to be happy. He accepted who he is and what his limitations and capabilities are. He would not blame the world for his problems and accepts people for who they are not bigoted or prejudice or hurtful to anyone.
Stan: I have a nephew that was born deaf. No one knew this until he was about a year old. The doctors told his mother and father he would never stand, sit up, walk, and drive a car or more. Then, he entered Lexington School for the Deaf and his mother and father would not let this diagnosis hamper him. He is now the father of a beautiful little girl and a web designer for a major hotel chain and more. Never give up on who you are. Never think that just because a doctor says it that it is written in stone.
Your influence on others will remain in their hearts and mind just by reading your story now and forever. Educators need to follow the example of those who cared enough about Stan and her caring enough to help him learn to read, speak and more. For those educators who teach Special Education you need to remember that kids learn at their own pace and as with Stan they will often surprise you and overcome insurmountable odds. Never give up and never say never.
You need to read this book and give it to every educator, doctor and parent to know that knowledge if powerful and love and family can help you through anything. Stan’s life is message to all of us that everyone can succeed no matter what if they want to.
This book deserves more than just five stars. Fran Lewis: reviewer
BIOGRAPHY FOR ELYSABETH ELDERING:
With a childhood spent traveling the globe, it’s no wonder that writer Elysabeth Eldering has a passion for geography! Growing up in a military family, Elysabeth lived in Japan, Germany, New York, Kentucky, and Texas before her family finally settled in a small town in South Carolina. Elysabeth, who lives in Honea Path, SC, has put her globetrotting skills to work in the Junior Geography Detective Squad’s 50-state, mystery, trivia series.
Published by 4RV Publishing, the series made its debut in summer 2008 with State of Wilderness. State of Quarries made it’s way into the hands of followers of the series next. The Junior Geography Detective Squad will continue to put their mystery-solving talents to work in each state to challenge young readers on their knowledge of the nation’s geography and interesting facts. State of Reservations is next in the line-up.
The mother of three – an adult son and a teen-aged son and daughter – juggles a schedule that includes volunteering with her children’s school activities, including the marching band and band competitions. An avid pet lover, Elysabeth is caretaker for the family’s two dogs. She’s active in the Greenville chapters of Sisters in Crime and the SC Writers Workshop and has judged entries for the Derringers Awards competition.
Elysabeth entered her first writing contest on a dare from a friend. Since then, the prize-winning writer has received awards from Armchair Interviews and Echelon Press. Her most recent story, “Bride and Seek,” was published in the SC Writers Workshop anthology The Petigru Review and is available on http://www.amazon.com. She has an article on editing and self publishing, also with Armchair Interviews.
To learn more about the Junior Geography Detective Squad, visit http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com and http://junior-geography-detective-squad.weebly.com/
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Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series
STATE OF WILDERNESS, Book 1 of 50 now available.
STATE OF QUARRIES, book 2 of 50 now available
STATE OF RESERVATIONS, book 3 of 50 coming 2009
WHERE WILL THE ADVENTURE TAKE YOU NEXT?
SYNOPSIS: If you like Jeopardy and trying to guess the answers with the contestants, you will enjoy the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series where the reader is encouraged to guess the state described by the handheld game’s clues.
Can you guess the state before the characters do?
Each state is a new adventure, so pick up a copy of the books today and find out where the adventure takes you next.
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member South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, Greenville Chapter
Goldie Alexander writes books, short stories and articles for adults and children of all ages.
I also sell some of my books online.
An A~Z Mystery
Illustrated by Marjory Gardner
Who is setting fire to the old cypress hedges?
Anna Simpson insists that her best friend Zach Santisi help her find the culprits. However, Zach must also care for his numerous pets and cope with his dad threatening to sell them if his next report card isn’t better. Just about everyone these young detectives come across has a motive and as time goes on there are more and more fires and more serious confrontations…
Based on actual crimes committed by youngsters, this is the first of a series featuring Anna and Zach, Private Eyes (A~Z PIs).
Release date: 15 August 2009
Set in the summer and autumn of 1938, Body and Soul: Lilbet’s Romance, a Young Adult novel is eighteen-year-old crippled Lilbet Mark’s account of the love affair between Felix Goldfarb, a recent migrant to Melbourne, and Lilbet’s twin-sister Ella.
Lilbet’s father Simon Marks, her eldest sister Julie, and all their friends are entranced by Felix Goldfarb. Never before have they come across such a winning blend of worldly sophistication and boyish charm. Only clever Lilbet suspects Felix might not be all that he seems. Also, it is imperative for her physical and psychological wellbeing that Ella remains in Adeline Terrace.
As Lilbet records the day to day events that occur in Adeline Terrace South Melbourne, she explores Australia heading towards World War 2, the intolerance once shown towards the disabled, the ambivalence she feels towards her family, and the double edged sword of love and envy.
But is Lilbet as badly done by, as she would have us believe?
Among the press clippings, the unconfirmed reports coming out of Hitler’s Germany of anti-Jewish violence, and the increasing belligerence of Germany towards her neighbours add to the growing tension for this Jewish family in Melbourne of the 1930’s.
Back Cover Notes
Adeline Terrace in Melbourne during 1938 is brought to vivid life in Body and Soul. The Marks young women, Julie, Ella and Lilbet’s lives pivot around domestic tasks in a motherless household with their dour father. But their existence is not drudgery, and the domestic is celebrated in the fascinating book. Julie is a marvellous cook, and the aromas of her meals rise off the page.
Into their lives comes the charming Alex Goldfarb, refugee from Hitler’s Germany and teller of mesmerising tales. He beguiles the extended household, but with prescience, bookish Lilbet remain sceptical.
The ambivilence Lilbet feels toward her family, her own mixed feelings toward Felix and the double-edged sword of love and envy challenge Lilbet as she struggles to mature despite her disability and the oppressive care of her older sister, Julie.
Interspersed throughout her story are Lilbet’s newspaper cuttings which provide the historical and social context, from the Spanish Civil War and the threat of much wider war, to McFarlane Burnet and the influenza virus, to Polio treatment, local theatre, holiday recipes, and much, much more in the richly detailed, evocative novel. – Pam Macintyre.
Published by Interactive Publications
Junior/Environmental, Australian. Hardcover rrp $24.95.
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis, Freelance Writer and Reviewer
Goldie Alexander has written over sixty books for readers of all ages. Michele Gaudion’s focus now, is as Concept Visualiser. This role is evident in her exceptional interpretation of the text. The pictures are balanced between black and white charcoal and full colour glossy illustrations with exquisite borders. The story progresses frame by frame, adding visual beauty to the significant yet simple text.
Sisters Hannah and Zoe live close to a Reserve that is home to wild things, bushland, and nature in general. They find a wounded duck by the lake’s edge. They have been taught to respect and never interfere with living things in that area. But this is an exception. The duck needs medical attention.
The Vet tells them that Antonia the duck will recover but will always limp. The girls release it into the wild again after it has recovered enough to look after itself, despite that it has attached itself to Zoe, whom she believes is its mother. Zoe has been taught that wild things need to be free.
A new concern is born for the community. A Shopping Centre is planned for the area that houses the Reserve. Where will the children play? Where will the elderly stroll and sit and enjoy the environment if all this goes ahead? The whole community unites to protest against the destruction of their natural surroundings. Photographs are taken and published beside articles in the paper. This draws attention to the imminent disaster. Everyone joins the protest. They come dressed as birds and animals. They have a new way to express their concerns.
This beautifully presented book serves to bring into focus strong environmental issues directed at educating children about the need to fight to protect our natural world. Youth awareness is the key to the survival of wild birds, animals and countless other species that are under constant threat of being decimated by the destruction of their natural habitats. This book has succeeded in passing on this message
My Horrible Cousins
and other stories
by Goldie Alexander
available March 2009
A collection of eleven short stories of particular interest to girl readers aged 9–13, with accompanying notes for teachers.
- Particularly timely, as it balances the recent interest given to encouraging boys to read, at the risk of neglecting writing for girls
- Features girls as the main characters — girls who are strong and resourceful, girls overcoming adversity, solving problems, being determined, being passionate about causes
- The stories are diverse: written in first person/third person, with real characters and varied settings
Goldie’s website is http://www.goldiealexander.com/index.php