King Hades, Lord of the Underworld (and one cool dude), tells mortal readers about Odysseus’s long, torturous trip as he tries to sail home after the Trojan War. Readers who think they know the story should think again!
A private school is opening in Horsemouth, N.H.: Kaboom Academy Middle School. The information meeting attracts the attention of the parents of every child in Horsemouth that has had difficulty in the public school, and they all sign their kids up. Kaboom Academy, under the direction of the mysterious Dr. Kaboom, is an unusual place with unusual teachers.
Mr. Lemoncello, the world famous game maker, has designed a fabulous,high-tech new library for his home town. He’s also having a lock-in with the twelve children in town who win his essay contest, “Why I’m excited about the new Public Library.” Kyle Keely, average guy, loves Mr. Lemoncello’s games, and really wants to win; but his brief essay, “Because there might be balloons,” seems like a loser.
Roan is graduating from primary school, and waiting for his invitation to attend Pilot Academy Middle School. He can’t wait to fly in space! However, he’s rejected by Pilot Academy, but luckily gets a last minute invitation to go to Jedi School on the planet Coruscant. He doesn’t know anything about Jedi’s or the Force, but it’s better than going to the Plant academy.
Finally, it’s the day that Rafter and his brother Benny will get their superpowers! They are both part of the Bailey Family – superheroes that protect their town from the evil supervillains, the Johnsons. However, after all that waiting . . . when they do get their powers, they’re duds. Benny can turn his belly-button from an innie to an outie. And Rafter can make a match light by striking it on polyester. How can they fight evil Johnsons (shake fist) with those powers?
Ash Mistry, a 13-year-old British school boy, and his sister Lucky are on vacation, visiting their aunt and uncle in India. His uncle is offered 2 million dollars to take a job translating writing found in an archeological dig, by Alexander Savage, the wealthy European sponsoring the dig. Ash goes with his uncle to Savage’s home – once the palace of the maharajah, and now called the Savage Fortress. While there, Ash finds a golden arrowhead, and has an out-of-body experience during which he is Rama, the great king/god/warrior who defeated Ravana, the Demon King