Fran Arrick was a pen name of Judie Angell Gaberman, an author of books for young people ranging in age from 7 to 14 years and older. She also used the pseudonym Maggie Twohill. She began her career as a writer for children at the suggestion of a friend. One of her books, Tunnel Vision (1980), on the theme of teenage suicide, was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the best children's books of the year. Steffie Can't Come Out to Play (1978) and God's Radar (1983) were named ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Most deal her other books also dealt with sensitive subjects such as AIDS, gun control and anti-Semitism.