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.
“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.
And her name was Maleficent… This is actually the thinly-veiled story of Sleeping Beauty told from Maleficent’s point of view. Beginning with her idyllic childhood in the Moors, this story continues with her crush on Stefan and how he becomes king by betraying her, and then the curse she puts on his child, Aurora.
Henry Lambert planned a summer vacation filled with lazy days and plenty of video games. Sadly, his father doesn’t agree and makes his own plans for Henry. He thinks that two weeks at the Strongwoods Survival Camp is just what Henry needs to change him from a nerdy geek to a manly man. The only saving grace is that Henry’s best friend, Randy, has also signed on for two weeks in the bowels of wilderness hell with him.
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.
Nick’s family moves to Colorado Springs and into a deceased aunt’s home. The attic is full of clutter and Nick decides to have a garage sale to make space for a bedroom. The items turn out to have strange powers which attract a sinister group of scientists who have suspect reasons for wanting them. It is up to Nick and his friends to keep the stuff out of the wrong hands so they can figure out exactly what power this pile of junk holds.