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Purchase the First Two Books of the Frenchie Series- visit CHAPTERS


 Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog


Frenchie X2- Follow the Blog     

 Who would enjoy these humorous reads?

  •    pet owners or “pet owner wannabes”
  •    those who read novels that are hilarious enough to give you belly laughs
  •    anyone “gaga” over their pet
  •    all age groups – Grade 5+ and any walk of life (students, parents, grandparents, pet groomers, pet trainers, pet care                                        professionals, families who love animals, teachers, librarians)

How would the series benefit middle years students?

  • excellent novels for inspiring students to extend writing skills to blogs
  • stories that addresses leadership and fundraising initiatives in a school setting to reinforce the concept of MAKING A DIFFERENCE
  • novels that captures the attention of the most reluctant readers through the humor and the change of text fonts for the blogs
  • novels that provides students with meaty debate over character traits (trustworthiness, risk-taking, caring, responsibility) and relationships (single parenting, extended families, friendships, customers)

   Book Club discussion points available on Mary’s Website

Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog is now available at CHAPTERS in NANAIMO!

(Ask any book store to order copies for you from Red Tuque Books in Canada)

How to order copies?

Go directly to to the Frenchie’s Best Friend & Frenchie X2 pages for all the links to paperback, ebooks, and kindle versions

eBook Format (iPad,Nook, Kobo, …)

Kindle: http://        ,

Paperback:  (Canadian distributor to individual customers, libraries, schools, independent book stores),  (in Canada) (American)

People are asking where to find the Frenchie series to purchase. Hopefully this will give you the information you need.  They are only a click away.  Thanks for your interest in my novels!


Librarians/ Educators – Book an Author Visit with Mary Laudien


Juvenile Novels:  Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog  and  Frenchie X2- Follow the Blog 

Synopsis of Mary’s Books:  Society is “gaga” over their pets. In the first book (Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog), Ethan enlists the aid of his quirky, scheming Grandmother and a following of bloggers to realize his dream of becoming a French Bulldog owner. The story is a covert operation of misadventures processed on his nightly blog, “Frenchie’s Best Friend” unbeknownst to his over-stressed and somewhat oblivious single mother. The journey is both humorous and unnerving, as Ethan sets up a bargain “doggie wash” business in his mother’s laundry room. The story has all kinds of appeal to readers who are dog crazy themselves or are looking for a book that keeps them turning pages with each new chaotic and comical challenge Ethan faces in his subterfuge journey.

         Two adorable Frenchie puppies “had Ethan and his mother at first lick”. Well, at least they had Ethan…  A must read for anyone who has ever brought home a brand new puppy X 2 for the very first time. The sequel- Frenchie X 2- Follow the Blog takes the surprise ending from the first novel and sends Ethan and his Mom into the realm of puppy ownership with not one, but two adorable and very different Frenchie puppies.

Juggling the responsibilities of caring for and training not one new Frenchie puppy, but TWO, while simultaneously keeping his reluctant, bamboozled mother on side is full on!  To say nothing of monitoring his conniving grandmother; who knew she would start playing cupid and encourage his mother to start dating? And through all of this chaos and craziness, Ethan tries to maintain friendships, balance schoolwork with his Doggie Wash business, lead a major school fundraiser, and most importantly, continue chronicling his journey on his nightly blog.  His constant struggle with trustworthiness (partially due to the modelling and meddling of his somewhat devious Grandmother) continues to put Ethan into crazy situations spiralling out of control that the reader expects to blow up in his face momentarily.

 About Mary Laudien             

Mary recently retired from her position as Principal of West Bay Elementary and Cypress Park Primary (International Baccalaureate World Schools) in West Vancouver, British Columbia.  With her newfound freedom and the gift of time, she is happiest when writing her own books for the students with whom she spent her career. She is convinced that they’ll enjoy reading her novels just as much as she has fun writing them. In actuality, she had such a great time with Ethan (the thirteen year old main character) and his Grandma Sis’ covert scheming and crazy predicaments, that Mary constantly found herself chuckling aloud while she wrote. She is loving the feedback she receives from her readers of all ages when they describe the “belly” laughs they’re experiencing while reading the first two books of her Frenchie Series.

 Mary’s grown-up sons both have French Bulldogs. They are passionate about their “Frenchies”-Bert and Cecile! Mary’s “grand-dogs”, with their big personalities, comical antics, and adorable dispositions, were the creative stimulus for this novel. The story has all kinds of appeal to readers who are “dog crazy” themselves or are looking for a book that keeps them turning pages with each new chaotic and comical challenge that Ethan faces in his covert plan.  However, Mary cautions her readers from trying any of Ethan’s techniques in pet grooming!

And remember, if you aren’t yet totally “gaga” over “Frenchies” before reading this novel, you will be by the time you finish it… GUARANTEED!


 It was wonderful to have you at the school and to be such an inspiration to the kids. I’m looking forward to the continued adventures of Ethan in Frenchie X 2.  -JH

 Thank you very much for the visit Mary!  You completely captured my 6/7 class’ attention this morning. – A


 Pet lovers and wannabe dog owners are sure to be captivated by Frenchie’s Best Friend: Follow the Blog as they follow Ethan’s crazy adventures in his covert dog grooming business.

Teachers, consider this book for your literature circles as rich discussion can occur about commitment, being principled and multiple intelligences. Today’s tech savvy kids will relate to the mix of traditional text and Ethan’s communication via his blog. You might even be inspired to have your students respond to this book in a class blog of their own.

Recommended for grades 5+

IB PYP Teacher-Librarian

West Bay Elementary School  (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program World School)


 I finished your first book and could not wait to start the second one.  Your perfect ending in Frenchie’s Best Friend resulted in me picking up Frenchie X2 right away and it is so funny!  I think this is a great read for an adult too and can see teachers enjoying reading this book to their students.

I enjoyed every moment of Frenchie X2~~ so funny and so real life.  You are such a creative writer. So when does the third book come out?  I am looking forward to the next in the Frenchie series.

There should be enough copies of these books in every classroom with teachers’ hopefully incorporating literature circles. Imagine the discussions taking place between children!!!!  I would love to be a fly on the wall! What great fun!

My Masters in Ed was on literature circles and I gave workshops all over the city of Calgary. It was my dream to see this process happening in every classroom. Your novels are perfect for engaging and exciting readers.

R. W. (Retired Assistant Principal of Abbeydale School, Calgary)

Mary Laudien would love to visit you at your school, library, or book club- absolutely anywhere that middle grade readers enjoy FUN and HUMOR!

All Middle Year’s Author Visits (appropriate for Grades 5, 6 and 7) include a prompt to provide a personal connection to her books, readings from Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog and the sequel Frenchie X 2- Follow the Blog, discussion of what inspires her books, tips on writing entertaining blogs, an interactive blog writing challenge, and answering questions regarding the writing and publishing process. Her student workshop is presented over 50 minute blocks.

Mary is an educator, recently retired as a Principal. She is happy to present to groups of up to 75 students. Her approach keeps the students engaged and participating. A copy of each book is donated to the school’s library with her author visit.

Mary’s paperbacks are reasonably priced so that they are affordable for all. Her first book is priced at $6.99 and Frenchie X 2 is priced at $9.99. Mary is anxious to continue her work with “Making a Difference” that she was involved in as a principal.  Thus, she reimburses 15 % of all book sales at schools and libraries to go towards their favorite charity or PAWS for a CAUSE (SPCA).  There is a chapter or two in Frenchie X 2 that deals with fundraising through the Kielburger’s initiative of “ME to WE” and thus is a motivating connection for the students.

To inquire about availability and expense rates:

Email:    Website:

Frenchie Series a Hit with Surrey Students


What a blast Mary Laudien had at Hazelgrove School in Surrey  last week!  The students must have read her Author Visit flyer because the Grade 4’s, 5’s and 6’s (all 300 of them!) arrived at the sessions ready to have fun.  They laughed during the blog readings, they related to the pet owner wanna-be Ethan, and they enjoyed hearing about the chaotic mis-adventures that the thirteen year old main character and his quirky and conniving grandmother get themselves into.

Sharing what inspired the author to write the Frenchie series and exploring the elements of creating powerful blogs set them up for a Give-Away Contest.  Four signed copies of Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog were left with the teacher-librarian to be presented to the four students who met the author’s “Write a Blog Post Challenge” in the most entertaining way. The students had the opportunity to return to their classrooms to write a brief blog post based on their author visit experience.  They were provided possible topics for their blog post: an opinion about the author presentation, an opinion/review about the Frenchie series, a recommendation of Mary Laudien’s novels (or not), or a personal connection made to the books/blogs/ or characters.  The response was overwhelming!  Let’s just say, the author had a few hours worth of highly entertaining reading to narrow it down to four winners!  That was the focus of their blogs- provide information in an entertaining and informative way using their personal “voice”.

Mary Laudien found the blogs well constructed and the personal connection made and relevancy of the novels with the students was thrilling.  Hazelgrove is full of pet /dog people and some even showed up to the presentations with French Bulldog t-shirts to show their enthusiasm!  They also thoroughly enjoy humour as chronicled by their own humorous experiences with puppy training and care in their blog posts.

The staff filled in evaluations of the author visit and these are some of the comments made:

They would recommend the author visit to other colleagues for students in Grades 4,5,6 and 7.

Some of the strengths of the author visit/ Frenchie series, included:

animal appeal, humour, making connections, relating to real life experiences, author relates to the students and their interests, kept the attention of the students, inspirational, demonstrated by another adult that creative writing/writers’ workshop is a worthy endeavour, the Frenchie series appeals to an intermediate audience nicely by incorporating humour and narration, stories that all students can connect to in some way, all kids love dogs, shows that books are written by regular people and that students might also be writers, great books for literature circles (debate around personality traits and character), good read aloud novels, a tool for inspiring blog writing, a fun read for DEAR/ Classroom Library, strong character depiction, realistic fiction with current trends like single mom, latchkey kid, pet lovers, dog people

Book an Author Visit at your school – anywhere on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland of Vancouver, Portland, Vancouver, Washington.  Mary would love to visit your school or library- anywhere where students enjoy fun and reading!  (All visits are charged a minimal fee to cover travel costs.  She is happy to have schools share the costs.)

To make a booking go to

Apple Workshops-No More “Social Media Phobic” Authors!


Such a revelation!  A couple of weeks ago a neighbour mentioned  pre-booking one-on-one tutorials and group workshops at Apple Stores from an App on iPhone.  Who knew?

Travelling to Portland for a few days each month, the app was downloaded and  an early morning workshop  booking made on Social Media for Businesses.  The “buzz” and crowd generation evident in the Apple Stores had been previously mistakenly dismissed as product excitement.  Wrong!

Arriving early to the workshop, one-on-one tutorials were already in progress and a greeter  personally approached participants outside the store to invite them in.  The atmosphere in the store at seven thirty a.m. was already charged, purposeful and welcoming.  Personnel (besides the presenter) circulated making connections with participants before the presentation began.  At no time did one feel any kind of technological intimidation (important to us less technologically advanced) or even a pressure to purchase a new iPAD!

By the time the presentation began (participants sitting in a semi-circle around a screen),  everyone already knew a little bit about one another and all felt comfortable and relaxed to participate in discussion around social media tools and one’s experience.

The presenter was easy to follow and able to answer any burning questions.  Everyone had some experience with our websites, blogs, Twitter and Facebook.  How to use these social media tools effectively to promote and market our businesses brought us together.  Our Apple presenter let us set the pace and he engaged in our comments and questions, not hesitating to extend the workshop by forty-five minutes.  While our learning circle was completely engaged, the entire store was alive with demos, help,  purchases, etc.  Workshop participants remained completely oblivious of all this peripheral activity.

There’s no excuse for authors to be “social media phobic“,  a workshop  for e-book publishing on iPad is only a click away on your App. Enrol! Learn! Share!