Novel “Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far…” by Janis Ost is now available, a charming, relatable story of a preteen girl navigating growing up, fitting in, and finding her identity 1

“Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far…” by Janis Ost is now available worldwide. This 240-page novel follows 12-year-old Frances as she faces the realities of complicated family dynamics, figuring out who she is in a new environment, and all the complicated feelings that come with growing up. With divorced parents, a neurodivergent brother, and an uncertain future in a new town, Frances deals with the challenges of adolescence in relatable, often comedic ways – and sometimes her quirky personality takes things too far! 

A perfect read for 4th to 8th graders, this poignant story is honest and vulnerable, and tackles subjects that teens and preteens deal with on a daily basis. Through the ups and downs that Frances experiences, readers find a message of hope and connection, and a reminder that there’s nothing wrong with being unique! 

The ebook has achieved #5 bestseller status in Amazon’s Teen and Young Adult Fiction on Girls and Women’s Issues category, and the paperback has reached #19 in the same category. 

Leaning on her experience as a middle school teacher with a background in special education, Ost portrays realistic characters and relationships, aiming to normalize differences like neurodivergence, mixed race families, unlikely friendships, and eccentric personalities that don’t quite fit in with the crowd. Young people from all backgrounds will find something to relate to in this heartfelt, timely story. 

Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far… (ISBN: 9781633372986) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The paperback retails for $14.99 and the ebook retails for $6.99.

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From the back cover:

Frances Green is a precocious twelve-year-old with a critical eye and a tender heart. She’s cool and confident (well, mostly) at her new middle school after her family moves to a small beach town in California. Frances grapples with fitting in or being alone, helping others with good intentions but getting in trouble for it, all while feeling like an adult trapped inside of a teenager. Ultimately, she finds new friends in unexpected places and strikes a balance between trying too hard and staying present. 

As she navigates her unusual family, a new school, and the challenges of leaving her old life and her father behind, she deals with life by writing, Frances’s memoir is where her emotions surface, woven throughout a funny, poignant, coming-of-age story. 

About the author:

Janis Ost is a mother, teacher, author, and writing project assistant with The Young Writers Program in Santa Cruz, California. Her passions include mentoring young people with creative writing, cooking, and playing the guitar. Frances, This Time You’ve Gone Too Far… is her first novel, following The Long Nights of Mourning (2003), a book about coping with grief after sudden loss.

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