Ophelia's Odyssey

The new book by Alan Pietsch. 

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The website of author and educator Alan Pietsch.


Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey is Alan Pietsch’s first book – a fantasy for young readers.  It is a fun, entertaining page-turner that will draw you into Ophelia’s Story World.  He is already working on a sequel, in which Ophelia becomes involved in an epic quest.

Alan is also working on a memoir based on an experience he had in Poland in 1980 behind the Iron Curtain in which he was witness to one of the turning points in 20th Century history. 

Education Resources

Alan Pietsch has been involved in education since 1984, teaching at all levels and in four countries.  He has been developing education resources his entire career, including:

The Atascadero Fine Arts Academy – A Jewel of a School: a documentary film telling the story of how this unique public school came into existence and celebrating its success and the importance of the arts in education.

Tucks on Trial – a mock trial curriculum unit to accompany the novel Tuck Everlasting.

Tucks on Trial workbook for sale

A Jewel of a School

The Atascadero Fine Arts Academy:  A Jewel of a School is a documentary film telling the story of how this unique public school came to be and celebrating its success and the role of arts in education.

Peach Fuzz Press focuses on...

  • Publishing fantasy and fiction for middle-grade and young adult readers
  • Creating educational materials for classroom teachers
  • Promoting arts education in all its forms and at all levels of education
  • Creating personal memoirs of witnessing an important moment in history
  • Providing Arts Education Consulting Services

Book fans weigh in.

“Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey” is a fun, lighthearted read — you can’t help but cheer for Ophelia as she begins to take control of her own story. It’s an easy tale to lose yourself in, with a charming, unexpected ending. ”

Danielle Ames, Writer
PopSugar, San Luis Obispo Tribune, The Magdalen (Dundee University)

“Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey” is a wonderful read, even for this unlikely reader of a pre-teen book (a 69 year-old engineer). The beauty of this book is the masterful way the author has developed the character of Ophelia in a very thoughtful and believable way as she makes the journey of learning to realize she has to find her own ways to face and ultimately overcome her problems and fears. It is a delightful journey and a thoroughly enjoyable read.”

Steve James, Retired Engineer
​Naperville, Illinois

“Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey” is a fun twist of adventures that lead into learning valuable lessons.”

Sarah Wilson
Stillwater, Oklahoma

“Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey” was GOOD!!  It taught a valuable lesson.  I really want to read the other books in the series.  I couldn’t put it down – I finished it in two hours!”

Gracen Ruckman
Lookeba, Oklahoma

“To be able to dream and imagine is a gift everyone should take, reading “ Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey” is a testament to that.  Having the pleasure to have worked with young children for over 40 years the author of this novel only deepens my love to all the unique and amazing imaginations of children and their gifts of strength to choose their own very special journeys.  To imagine is to live beyond, even for just a while.”

Evie Lanier
Templeton, California

I’m completely enchanted by Ophelia and her odyssey. What thrilling adventures…she’s my hero! Thank you for sharing her story with readers of all ages.

Zandi Peters, Retired
Los Osos, California 

Ophelia asked, “but how do you actually get to those other worlds?”
“Well, it’s really very simple – I let go!”  Lilith replied.

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