Ann Eisenstein is an author, educator and psychologist. A graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, her work with the agency helped bring her first middle grade mystery, Hiding Carly, (Peak City Publishing, 2013) to life. Ann created a story where the main character, Sean Gray, is a believable eleven-year-old with strong character traits that belie his physical stature. Sean participated in the FBI Junior Special Agent program at school, where he learned many valuable lessons like: ask questions, follow the evidence, and that despite outward appearances, all things are not as they seem. Former (retired) FBI Special Agent Robert Malinowski said Sean “exemplifies the qualities that we see in our Junior Special Agents.”
Ann explains that during her time training with the FBI Citizen’s Academy program, she learned that the FBI does more than protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats. They also work with both government and private sector partners every day and at every level—local, state, federal, tribal, and international. They are on the front line in the Crimes Against Children Program, including kidnapping, sexual exploitation and child trafficking. Ann said, “These are the real life issues that we and our kids face in these times. Issues that my protagonist, Sean, faces, questions, studies and hopes to help resolve.”
The FBI Junior Special Agent Program was established in 1990 and is in numerous school districts across the country. Children in fourth to sixth grade attend a 2-4 month program with FBI employees. Students learn about various key operations of the FBI, like using science to process evidence and polygraphing. More importantly, they learn social skills, lessons on cultural diversity, and the importance of abstaining from crime, involvement in gangs and drug and alcohol abuse. Malinowski said, “I believe any time you can reach out to young people and impress on them that doing what is right outweighs peer pressure, then we need to make efforts toward that end. The FBI's Junior Special Agent - sometimes referred to as “Junior G-men" - Program does just that. After personally coordinating the program, I saw such positive changes in many of our youth.”
Eisenstein is a member of the FBI InfraGard which brings together representatives from the private and public sectors to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure—both virtual and physical—from attacks by terrorists and criminals. She is a soon-to-be graduate of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Police Academy in South Carolina. Upon graduation, she plans to use the knowledge and experience to continue work on missing children initiatives as well as computer crimes prevention.
As part of her Hiding Carly book tour and effort to raise awareness of issues in the community, Ann will be distributing child identity kits purchased from the Polly Klaas foundation. Learn more at http://www.anneisenstein.com
About the Book
Hiding Carly, Peak City Publishing, LLC, 2013
Eleven year old Sean is in search of the truth. Someone murdered his father, Special Agent Max Gray, and the FBI has officially closed the case. Now it is up to him to find out who was to blame. While investigating online, Sean stumbles upon a mysterious connection between his father and that new girl in his class. Now he has two puzzles to solve. What really happened to his dad and what does Carly have to do with it? In the face of danger, Sean sets aside his fear and finds the courage, compassion, and conviction to "follow the evidence."
Hiding Carly, A Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery can be purchased through the publisher at: http://www.PeakCityPublishing.com.
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