Author of The Orphan Dreamer Saga 

J Nell Brown

Author, Traveller, Dog Mom, and most importantly God's Girl

Writing 16+ Coming-of-Age Adventure stories that feature an Epic scale, Kindred Friendships, Inspirational Themes, STEM, A Splash of Romance, and a Fantastical Twist

A Two-Volume New Release from J. Nell Brown is Coming Fall ​of 2023!

Begin the Orphan Dreamer Adventure

" It’s the start of something amazing . . ."

Heather G., A Reader

A Slice of Life Short Story (Episode #1)

Coming-of-Age, E​pic Adventure spiced with Light Romance and Comedy

Shows the choppy thought process of a schizophrenic

Rating: PG-13

Genre: YA Spiritual Fantasy Fiction


Talks about mental Illness

Talks about a friend's death

Talks about suicide

Synopsis: Could Earth’s apocalypse really be worse than puberty for twelve-year-old Daniela Rose—a depressive schizophrenic girl destined to meet a mysterious orphan boy who haunts her chaotic dreams?

One girl.

One boy.

One mission.

Meet Daniela, the girl of this unlikely duo, in ORPHAN DREAMER and the MISSING ARROWHEAD when destiny chooses a twelve-year-old depressive schizophrenic to bring order to Earth’s chaos.


Miracles usually are.

In this non-linear short story, ORPHAN DREAMER and the MISSING ARROWHEAD, start the Orphan Dreamer Saga—a seven-novel serial interspersed with seven novellas that intertwines three tales across time and space. 

This epic saga weaves an intricate tapestry of Divine guidance, faith, isolation, hope, and loss as it follows two children from their beginnings to their ends. 

ORPHAN DREAMER and the MISSING ARROWHEAD, a non-linear short story, shines the spotlight on the most unlikely candidate to become the next Indiana Jones—a twelve-year-old labeled as depressive schizophrenic. In this story, experience what Daniela experiences as she shifts through ancient and futuristic times and places. Keep up if you can!

Because as Earth sits in the crosshairs of a sinister force, Daniela must slip between three realities to find an arrowhead gifted to her by a prince—the missing link that can save her family and Earth.

"This book really grabbed me. I felt for Danny having to go through so much at such a young age. She never lost hope, stayed strong, and stayed brave. I loved that there were spiritual aspects to the book. Our youth need to hear more of love, hope, and faith." —Hidden Gems Reviewer

Orphan Dreamer and the Missing Arrowhead is an impeccably paced story, full of the complex thoughts of a girl who yearns for connection. —Chanticleer Book Reviews

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About the Orphan Dreamer Saga

What if Indiana Jones were a naive girl born into a close-knit African-American family in the South—a girl destined to solve her own DA VINCI CODE but who would rather simply overcome the provincialism of her community and find her own ANNE-OF-GREEN-GABLES-style bosom friend?

The Orphan Dreamer Saga will show Daniela as a spirited girl struggling with isolation, the mean girls at school, and a sick father at home when she is chosen to warn humanity of the impending apocalypse. But who will believe her—a girl who barely speaks and cannot even score a kindred friend?

Born on the same day, an ocean separates Daniela and Cillian until destiny introduces a depressive schizophrenic girl to an orphan boy inside Daniela's chaotic dreams. Is the orphan boy real? If he's not real, does it matter in humanity's fight for survival?

The ORPHAN DREAMER SAGA is a seven-novel serial interspersed with seven novellas that intertwine three tales across time and space and tells a sweeping fantastical story, spiced with thrills, stark realities, and comedy. This epic tale weaves an intricate tapestry of divine guidance, faith, isolation, hope, and loss as it follows two children from their beginnings to their ends.


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Daniela Rose: A Poignant Protagonist

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The ​Orphan Dreamer Saga is . . .

One girl.

One boy.

One mission

To protect their home—Earth—from invasion by the planet’s previous occupants.

Where will we live if Daniela and Cillian fail?