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.
Laureth is blind. But in order to travel with her brother to find their missing father in New York, she must pretend to see. Laureth’s father left her clues in his old notebook and she must follow patterns and coincidences in order to find out what has really happened to him. This fast-paced tale takes Laureth and the reader all over New York City to find the real mystery that their father was in search of, all along.
Lucy leaves repeated voicemail messages with a trophy company complaining about a mishandled order, but no one answers or returns her calls. Finally James answers his new phone. While trying to convince Lucy that he is not the trophy company, he tells her what town he lives in and where he goes to school. They become phone friends, sharing stories of family and friends. Two months and many conversations later they make plans to meet, but a family issue keeps James away. They don’t meet face-to-face until the end of the book.
Daniel Pratzer is a newbie on the freshman chess team at his private school. He has made modest progress, but as a patzer (beginner), Daniel is shocked when his super-achieving co-captains ask him to participate in a special tournament. The Manhattan tournament is comprised of three father-son teams. The captains admit it’s not Daniel’s skill they’re after - it’s Daniel’s dad they want on their team. With Mr. Pratzer’s skill as a Grandmaster, they are sure they’ll win the $10,000 prize.
Seraphina is about to be crowned heir to the mermaid throne, when suddenly both of her parents are killed in an attack on her city. Sera goes on the run. Nightmares plague her and drive her and five other mermaids to try to stop an ancient evil that wants to destroy mermaid-kind. Seraphina must deal with a lot to save all and become the mermaid heir.
While standing in the cafeteria line next to Lucy, everyone’s favorite 8th grade English teacher (affectionately nicknamed Fat Bob) collapses and dies.
It’s the summer of 1963 and the summer before high school for Tree Taylor. She has set two goals for herself: to experience her first kiss and to write an article important enough to earn her a reporter’s spot on the school newspaper. When a shooting takes place at the Kinney place right next door, Tree sees it as an opportunity to hone her writing skills. But to begin, Tree has to unearth the facts of the so-called “accidental shooting.” Everyone she interviews, including her dad, the local doctor, stonewalls her efforts to get to the truth.
After Astri’s mother dies, her father decides to leave Norway to seek his fortune in America. He sends Astri and her sister Greta to live with their aunt and uncle. Her aunt sells Astri to a mean goat herder who abuses hardworking Astri until she runs away. Astri returns to her aunt and uncle’s house to get Greta so they can follow their father. They travel to the coast and find a boat bound for America. Astri pays for her passage and Greta stows away. The voyage in steerage is treacherous with rough seas and disease.
It’s the first day of summer vacation and it’s off to a slow start for 13-year-old Nina. Her dear grandma died last year, her parents are always working and her college-bound brother is never home. As she sits on the hammock just wasting time, she sees her neighbor wearing a leg cast and a whole lot of plants that need planting. Mrs. Chung’s marigold aren’t going to get planted unless… Right then Nina hatches a plan to do something nice for her neighbors, anonymously, every day for the entire 65 days of summer.