Jim Wagner


I was born in Cincinnati and grew up in the American Mid-West. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati.
I became a teacher and found a job teaching English and Film and Television at Trinity Bay State High School in Cairns, Australia.
As a teacher I wrote many One Act Plays that students enjoyed performing in. I became the Rugby coach at the school and began writing novels that my students could read, relate to and understand.
I decided to publish the novels under the name of Teen Friendly Books. At present I have 24 written and 15 published.
My plan is to write many more books for teens to read and enjoy.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
At University I took a class in Television Production that required me to write a script. I found out that I was quite good at writing dialogue so that is when I started writing short plays.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Curses from the Young Witches is about a kid who thinks that he can do anything and there are no consequences attached. He finds out that his actions do hurt others, and they want revenge.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jim Wagner online

Where to buy in print


Teen Terror in the Land of Trump
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,740. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Many protests took place the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in November 2016. Many young people organized them and marched in them despite the fact that they could not vote. They wanted to tell America how they felt about the election result and the fear that came into their lives. This is the dramatic story of one such protest.
Bullies are Everywhere
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
Bullies are Everywhere is a play about Nicki 14, and Eddie 12. They live on a property, with their parents, far away from towns or cities. Their mother is sick and the family has to go to the city so she can get medical help on a weekly basis. Nicki and Eddie enroll at a local high school that is full of bullies. The play has 12 characters, suitable for middle school students and drama programs.
Surviving Romeos and Juliets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Surviving Romeos and Juliets is a romp, a farce and fun to watch. A group of Romeos and Juliets help two teenage boys with their Shakespeare assignment. They make things worse, and confusion fills the stage, as personal problems and attitudes are revealed. The play is a great choice for a high school drama production because it allows teens, who love to perform, the chance to make people laugh.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Creeps is a play that teenagers like reading and like watching and like performing. They can easily relate to the characters and the action in the play. They have all been to the mall and they know how teens act when they are there. In the play a group of geeks are happily eating lunch when cool kids came along and insult them. The geeks are forced into action and the consequences of it are funny.
No Place to Call Home
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,580. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Three generations of women struggle to find peace and happiness in their lives. Carol was forced to leave home when she was eighteen. Her daughter, Michelle, also left home at that age. Now her grand daughter, Martha, is having issues at home. Will she carry on the sad tradition of leaving the family? Can the members of this family forget the past, and begin to create positive memories?
All American Girls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,800. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Wendy is a sophomore who plays in the high school marching band. Misty is a senior, at the same school, and is a popular cheerleader who dates the dreamy looking quarterback. They meet each other one stormy night when a devastating tornado viciously slams into their town. They must become a team and courageously battle a variety of evil forces that are out to destroy them.
Chloe's Dilemma
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,940. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Chloe is looking forward to her last year of high school. She and her boyfriend, Tim, are going to have a great social time doing everything that is fun and memorable with other senior students. Her plans are shattered, however, when she comes home from holidays. She is forced to re-build her life. That is when she sees another side of the school. She is shocked and confused and not ready for it.
Georgia, Ellie and Charles (the ghost)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,240. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Georgia and Ellie are best friends. They do everything together. One day Ellie is challenged to go into a haunted house by herself. Georgia goes along to support her. Both girls go into the house and are literally scared to death. They vow never to return, but they do. There is something about Charles the ghost that keeps them coming back.
Meeting Angela
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,780. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Angela was new to the neighborhood. She had no friends until she met Alex. He was not too keen on being friends with a girl, but they start to do a few things together. They wander into the rain forest and Alex is amazed with how much Angela knows about the plants and the animals that live there. Eventually, they come into conflict with two men who built an illegal road that destroyed many trees.
Tegan's Birthday
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,750. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Tegan is SO looking forward to her 14th birthday. That is all that her friends have been planning for months. The big day arrives but Tegan's great plans are absolutely destroyed very early in the morning. She is forced to spend the whole day with her grandmother and she is not exactly thrilled about that. However, the day is fantastic! It is one MASSIVE action filled adventure after another.
Donny and Katie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,980. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Donny is 12 and Katie is 10. Their mother is sick and cannot look after them. They must fly half-way around the world, by themselves, to live with their uncle. This proves to be difficult because they are only kids and have only traveled with adults before. It becomes more difficult when they miss flights, get locked out of their hotel room, lose their passports and get in trouble with the police.
Girls - Riding in Cars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,380. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Emily and Simone expect a normal night out at the Cinema, but their friend Caitlyn is acting very strange. She is totally distracted and is only interested in riding in cars with her head out the window. Emily and Simone are concerned. Caitlyn is willing to get into a car with any random driver, which she does. Her friends plan to be with her at all times to keep her safe. That is very difficult!
Dwayne's World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,480. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Dwayne's goal is simple. He wants to survive year nine at school. That is not as easy as it sounds. He is the smallest kid in his class. He is a constant target of bullies. He hides from everyone at school when he is not being hit with flying wads of paper in a classroom. His parents are separated, his brother refuses to talk, and his mother starts dating his Science teacher.
One Amazing Week
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Jayden's life completely changes the moment that Sue sits down next to him in Math class on Monday morning. Sue invites him to lunch where he gets a taste of teen romance that he enjoys, although he is immediately pushed out of his comfort zone and into a world of girl talk and jealousy. By Saturday he finds himself and Sue dodging bullets and being chased by criminals on motorbikes.
The New Beginning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,360. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Shawn and Stephanie are young teens that have it all. They live in a great apartment in New York City that overlooks Central Park, and their mother is very rich. Life could not be better for them until their mother decides to change their address, not a little, but a lot. She chooses to move the family to Cairns, in Australia, half-way around the world. This change is not easy, not easy at all.
Curses from the Young Witches
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,220. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Zac does not think before he acts. One of his silly actions goes very wrong, causing young witches at his school to put a number of curses on him. As a result he cannot even catch a ball before it bounces off of his head. He needs help, but he is nasty and mean to those who try to help him. Zac's story is fun to read and interesting for tweenies and young teens to think about. 18,000 words

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