Emmy Budd and the Hijacked Train
Emmy Budd is a twelve-year-old tomboy who finds her adventurer’s match in the new boy in town, T.J. Blake. It is a hot summer day in the small Mid-Western hamlet of Jerseyville, Ohio. With no money and lots of time on their hands, Emmy and T.J. ferret out every freebie in town, from sailing kites off the tower in the local stadium to building a raft out of discarded lumber and sailing the old swimming hole.
Emmy and T.J. sneak aboard a mail train bound for Pittsburgh and end up in the middle of a hijacking. Operating undercover, the teen detectives risk their lives as they confront a desperate fugitive. Volume 1 of the series.

Tween Mystery
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 1-936185-10-5
Print ISBN:    1-936185-13-X
Paperback, 144 pages, $12.95/$2.99 EBook
Release: April 2010

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Emmy Budd - Don't Look Now
Teen detectives Emmy Budd and her friend, T.J. Blake can’t help but notice the ominous, black sedan rolling down main-street on a Sunday afternoon. When the drug store blows up in the middle of the night, Emmy and T.J. suspect foul play. Working together, they uncover clues leading to an illicit pharmaceutical operation; part two in the series.

Tween Mystery
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 1-936185-11-3
Print ISBN:    1-936185-14-8
Paperback, 126 pages, $12.95/$2.99 EBook
Release: July 2010

Emmy Budd - The Real Dog is Harry
A human hand is unearthed on the property of Hank Turner, a local farmer, in Jerseyville, Ohio where Emmy Budd and her adventurous friend, T.J. Blake, live.
Hank Turner, a good friend of Emmy and T.J.'s, is under suspicion for murder and mutilation of a hired man whom he threatened and fired several weeks earlier.
A developer and newcomer to town has purchased the Turner farm and plans to turn it into a roadside tavern. Emmy and T.J. keep their ear to the ground and their nose to the grindstone as they pretend to be helping out but actually picking up information about the proposed tavern. In her usual perceptive way, Emmy figures out how certain animal bones suddenly appeared in the excavation of the Turner farm after a torrential rain. Because of under handed activities, Emmy is nearly exposed for tampering with the United States Postal Service, a fact that if made public would cause great embarrassment to her and her family.
A scruffy stray dog, whom T.J. names Harry, tags along with the kids on their many trips to the gravesite. The dog appears at strange times and in strange places and is finally discovered to be the abused pet of the hated developer of the proposed tavern.
In the end, Harry returns to the boy who wants to be his real owner, T.J. Blake.

Tween Mystery
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 1-936185-12-1
Print ISBN:    1-936185-15-6
Paperback, 128 pages, $12.95/$2.99 EBook
Release: December 2010

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Emmy Budd Double EBook
includes volumes 1 & 2:
Emmy Budd and the Hijacked Train
Emmy Budd - Don't Look Now

Charles River Press $3.99
EBook ISBN: 1-936185-46-6
Release: December 2010

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Emmy Budd and the Scarlet Scarf

Paperback ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-41-2
Paperback ISBN 10: 1-936185-41-5
Ebook ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-40-5
Ebook ISBN 10: 1-936185-40-7
Release date: July 2011
Genre: Adventure / Tween
Paperback, 112 pages, $12.95 print/$4.95 EBook
Publisher: Charles River Press
What starts out as a mystery and a funny story about Mrs. Budd's "forgetfulness" turns into an alarming sequence of events which nearly destroy the Budd family. Is Mrs. Budd really losing her mind or is there another unfortunate explanation? Emmy solves this one on her own, but T. J. is there for support. The Scarlet Scarf is the next Emmy Budd mystery in the series.

Tween Mystery
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 1-936185-40-7
Print ISBN:    1-936185-41-5
Paperback, 112 pages, $12.95/$2.99 EBook
Release: July 2011

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Emmy Budd and the Gypsies

A bizarre turn of events lands Emmy and T. J. at the police station as suspects in an armed robbery. Released into the custody of their parents, the young sleuths unwisely attempt to find the real culprits in order to prove their innocence. Emmy and T. J. are then kidnapped in separate incidents with T. J. left abandoned where no one will find him. In her most puzzling mystery yet, Emmy must unravel the clues in an attempt to find and free T. J. before it's too late and discover the truth behind the enigmatic Gypsies.

Tween Mystery
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 1-936185-24-5
Print ISBN:    1-936185-25-3
Paperback, 142 pages, $12.95/$2.99 EBook
Release: December 2011

Emmy Budd Megabook

includes volumes 1 thru 4:
Emmy Budd and the Hijacked Train
Emmy Budd - Don't Look Now
Emmy Budd - The Real Dog is Harry
Emmy Budd and the Scarlet Scarf

Tween Mystery
EBook $3.99
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936185-47-4
Release: Summer 2012

Emmy Budd and the Flood

It started as a wicked summer storm and became a flood that found Emmy and T. J. traveling by boat and helicopter to help save the town, its inhabitants, its pets and some unusual guests swept downstream by raging waters.

Tween Mystery
Charles River Press
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936185-49-8
Print ISBN:    978-1-936185-48-1
Paperback, 146 pages, $12.95/$2.99 EBook
Release: December 24, 2012





Emmy Budd and the Accident

A community bus goes off in a ditch, nearly overturns, with Emmy
and T.J. and a lot of elderly people in it. It is no accident, Emmy


Spring 2015


the zoo caught the flu

The Day the Zoo Caught the Flu

What happens when the the zoo animals catch a whiff of the flu? Award winning author and playwright Jean Blasiar entertains and charms in her first children's illustrated book. Available only through the author. To order a copy, email Jean at jeanvt@pacbell.net



April 2017


Emmy Budd Meets a Real Live Ghost


An elderly woman in high button shoes and black lace dress, appears and disappears at the most unusual times to leave Emmy presents. One present, a hummingbird feeder, is found in other locations where the elderly woman has been seen, yet know one knows her identity.

Emmy’s sleuthing sense propels her to action and soon Emmy and her best friend, T.J. are out to solve the ghostly mystery.

Fall 2015

Downtown Cowboy

Young Brady Johnson, called the Downtown Cowboy by his friends, lives with his widowed mother in the tenement district of a mid-western city. A favorite haunt of Brady’s is the city dump, one block away, where he spends most of his time rummaging through garbage, especially the garbage dumped on Thursdays from “uptown”. One Thursday morning Brady discovers a diary written by a very depressed boy about his age. Hoping for a reward, Brady takes some of the money he has saved and rides the bus “uptown” to see if he can find the boy and return the diary. Follow Brady to the conclusion of this surprising uptown journey and into a world, he is sure, he will never belong.

Tween Fiction

Paperback ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-43-6

Paperback ISBN 10: 978-1-936185-43-1

EBook ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-42-9

EBook ISBN 10: 978-1-936185-42-3



Available from Charles River Press Summer 2013

Poor Rich

Rich Cameron is a sickly social nerd baffled by his sexuality who confides in only two friends, his psychiatrist and his au pair, Miss October. Inside an asthmatic, allergic, anemic frame is a talent, wit and a wisdom that explodes when finally released.


Richer (2011)
by Jean Blasiar
292 pp. 5.25" x 8" Softcover
ISBN 978-0-9829987-2-4

How many teens have their poetry adapted to music by today’s rock star? Every teen’s dream, but actually a nightmare for Rich Cameron. Despite his mother’s divorce, another broken home, his friend’s ruined Olympic dreams and his own major health complication, it’s a very interesting year for U2’s favorite genius.

Just as his life started to make sense again, Rich receives a letter from his former au pair, leading to revelations that set the tone for an unforgettable year. The mysteries, pains and ecstasy of love will force Rich and his family to redefine what is 'normal' all over again, in this funny, touching, and thrilling new chapter in the life of Rich Cameron and his constant companion, U2.
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"Communion" is a fictional tale of life in wartime, when the best in individuals surfaces to combat the evils that surround them. It tells the story of people getting by, living and eventually prospering amidst constant threats of violence. It is also the story of a gifted daughter who seeks to push her mother and those around her to transcend the day-to-day horrors and extract from it a renewal of spirit and love of life. "Communion" speaks to the mysteries of the soul, the challenges of marriage, and the love between parents and children, husbands and wives, nature and earth.

280 pages - 5.25" x 8" Pocketbook -
ISBN 978-0-9832861-4-1. Suggested retail price $16.95. Released October 2011


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