Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Franz  

Pen Name: None


Born: in West Allis, Wisconsin



Illinois Connection

Franz has lived in Illinois since 1984. He has worked in Naperville and lives in Plainfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin Franz is the author of the successful children's fantasy series, the Castle Rose Adventures, published by Starbell Books in Plainfield, Illinois. Franz is also an accomplished speaker, and teacher. He regularly presents his Creative Writing Workshops to young audiences throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Into the Hidden Lands
ISBN: 0974777404

Starbell Books. 2004

It started as a simple ride through the woods for Rachel and Lisa Vanderstorm - the Princess Sisters of Castle Rose. But things got interesting when they were suddenly transported to the mysterious Hidden Lands! There, armed only with their courage and good sense, the girls must help their new friend Elzabeth recover the stolen (and magical) burning-blossom seeds from the camp of the dangerous Archer - and still make it home in time for dinner! Book One of the Castle Rose series tells of the Princess Sisters' discovery of the Shimmering Gate, and explores the amazing world to which it leads. Blending the realism of medieval castle life with the fantasy of magic and myth, the lavishly illustrated Castle Rose series will delight readers with intriguing characters and involved storylines. Includes the Bonus Tale: The Princess Sisters and the Copper Dragon

The Underwater City
ISBN: 0974777412

Starbell Books. 2004

High on the shelves of the Castle Rose library sits the key to uncovering a long lost treasure. And with the help of some new friends, Princess Rachel and Princess Lisa must unravel the mystery and complete a wild quest through the amazing Underwater City! The Princess Sisters and the Underwater City is the second book in the highly successful Castle Rose Adventure series. Blending the realism of medieval castle life with the fantasy of magic and myth, this lavishly illustrated series will delight readers with intriguing characters and involved storylines.

The Affaire at the Faire
ISBN: 0974777420

Starbell Books. 2005

It's the day of the Fabulous Settoria Faire, and you are invited! Join Princess Rachel and Princess Lisa in Book 3 of the Castle Rose Adventure Series as they enjoy the sites and sounds of the Faire. There is food and music and juggling and fun, plus the exciting Settoria horse race. However, all is not fun and games. A few old enemies are also there with plans of their own, and soon the girls - along with their friend Elzabeth - find themselves in the middle of a dangerous rescue.

The Halloween Haunting
ISBN: 0974777439

Starbell Books. 2006

It s Halloween at Castle Rose! Princess Lisa and Princess Rachel are getting ready for the spooky hayride to come. They never expected that the old house they found in the woods would have ghosts of its own! Something very strange is going on in the woods, and the girls must work on their own to unravel the mystery and escape the haunted house. This is Book 4 of the popular Castle Rose Adventures. Be sure to check out all of the titles in this series.

The Mysterious Museum
ISBN: 0974777447

Starbell Books. 2007

Cole is in trouble. His father s sword - Diamond Claw - is missing, stolen by a mysterious stranger. It s back to the Hidden Lands for the Princess Sisters, this time to help their new friend recover the ancient and valuable sword. The amazing search leads them to a place unlike anything they had ever seen. Are you ready for what awaits . . . in the Mysterious Museum? The Mysterious Museum is Book 5 in the popular Castle Rose Adventures series. Be sure to check out all of the books in the series!

A Castle Rose Christmas
ISBN: 0974777455

Starbell Books. 2007

Christmas has arrived at Castle Rose, and the Princess Sisters are busily preparing when their plans take an unexpected twist. While searching for the perfect gifts, the girls find trouble instead, leading them on a wild ride of twists and turns. With help from a VERY unlikely source, rescue is possible . . . but will it be in time? A Castle Rose Christmas is the 6th and latest installment in the Castle Rose Adventures series - a unique collection of tales combining the realism of medieval castle life with the magic and mystery of classic fantasy adventure. Don t miss a single story.


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