Arty’s goal is to find life on Mars. On the roof outside his bedroom, using a homemade signaling device, Arty directs messages toward Mars and waits for a response. One night he sees a man come out of the house next door, carrying a black garbage bag into the woods. Arty and his friends Tripp and Priya decide his neighbor is a face-eating zombie and call him Mr. Death. Arty is upset to learn his family is moving far from the Midwest. Plans get mixed up while his parents are in Las Vegas, looking for a new house, and Arty must spend the night at Mr. Death’s house.
5th - 6th Grade
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.
When Charlie Laird’s dad remarries and they move into his new stepmother’s house, Charlie’s nightmares become real. He thinks his stepmom is a witch and is upset that his little brother likes her. Then his nightmare witch enters the real world and takes his younger brother. Charlie discovers and enters the Netherworld through a portal in the house and enlists his friends to help get him and his brother out.
Will is an artistic boy whose father works on the new mega-train, The Boundless. It is miles long, and is considered the greatest train ever built. It is so enormous that it even has a traveling circus! When Will stumbles upon a crime in progress, he needs to hide on the train to protect himself from the criminals. As he works his way from the caboose to the front, he encounters a circus owner/performer with designs on a magical painting in the front of the train. Together, and with a girl aerialist, they outwit the criminals.
Jewel never knew her brother John. Jewel’s grandfather nicknamed her brother Bird, and encouraged him to pretend he could fly. Bird jumped off a cliff and died the day Jewel was born. No one talks about Bird or how he died, and her grandfather doesn’t speak at all. One night Jewel climbs her favorite tree and discovers someone else is already there, and his name is John. The two become fast friends, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.
Before the Thorskards moved to Trondheim, Ontario, the small town didn’t have a permanent dragon slayer. Most large towns and cities employ dragon slayers, but with the profession lacking new talent, supply and demand creates problems for the average town. Having famous dragon-slayer Lottie Thorskard move to town is like winning the lotto! Dragons are a constant threat, their insatiable appetites competing with mankind’s need for fossil fuels.
“Home isn’t just a house or a city or a place.” After being constantly on the move for the last five years, Felicity has finally made a friend and wishes more than anything that her wandering mother will let them stay in Midnight Gulch, a town that was once considered magical. When she participates in the town Duel (a talent contest), everyone’s luck changes and perhaps the magic has returned after all.
Every year Henry Horton Harris Hemsly wins the State Science Fair with a bizarre but brilliant scheme. This year Roberta McKinnon, along with her best pal Marilee, are determined to break ol’ Henry’s winning streak. Now all they need is an amazing project.
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.
The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal. Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both. Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf. Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard. Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.