The circus is the first home where Maximo has ever felt safe. He dreams of becoming an animal trainer and envies Jodi --- a girl who was born and raised in the circus and is already an accomplished performer. When a train wreck sets a herd of elephants and a dangerous Bengal tiger loose on the countryside, both Max and Jodi must face their worst fears.
California, 1849: Jess, Will, and their father are in grave danger --- separated from the rest of their west-bound party, their wagon is useless with a broken axle, and Pa is seriously ill from an injury that Will feels is his fault. In a valiant attempt to save their family, Will and Jess set off on foot over the endless sands to find help.
For years, Garret and Molly have dreamed of seeing more of the world than cotton fields and the dusty poverty of their Mississippi Delta farms. They’ve been stashing away hard-earned pennies and nickels in a tin-can bank, hidden deep in the bayou. Now rising flood waters threaten the hiding place of their money, and they set out on their homemade raft to retrieve it.
Haydn Sinclair hates absolutely everything about his aunt and uncle’s primitive Rocky Mountain ranch. He’d much rather be in a great city than stuck on the countryside. Haydn’s cousin Maggie hates the thought of having her rich and spoiled cousin visiting for four long months. She’d be happier if he wasn’t around. When Maggie’s father is injured and she and Haydn are left alone, they argue, and Haydn sets off on foot for the train station miles away. The next day Maggie learns that Haydn never made it to town, and she must search for him despite the blizzard that is raging outside.
Brendan O’Connor is delivering pastries to the bustling businesses and elegant hotels of San Francisco, dreaming that someday he will be part of that life.
Li Dai Yue is running from the isolated security of Chinatown, distraught over the marriage her uncle has arranged for her.
Chance throws them together on the day of the San Francisco earthquake. Can two strangers from such different worlds work together to survive the terror of crumbling buildings, fire, looting and chaos?
Gavin Reilly is working in the Titanic’s galley to earn his passage from Ireland to America. He knows when he finally joins his brother in New York they’ll live their big dreams together.
Karolina Green is devastated after the loss of her parents. She’s returning home to the United States from England with her Aunt Rose, and desperately dreams of fixing her shattered life in New York.
But on a calm, clear night in April, those dreams turn into a nightmare.
Nate Copper and his best friend Ryan love to sneak out at night to watch firefighters battle the blazes that have plagued Chicago all through the dry, windy summer of 1871. Julie Flynn, suffocated by her overprotective parents, can’t imagine adventures like Nate’s --- and he’s definitely not a boy she would ever be friends with. But fate and fire throw Nate and Julie together on the dark and dangerous streets of Chicago, and in the chaos of the crowds, Julie is kidnapped. Nate has to try to figure out a way to free her before the wind-driven flames spreading across the city cut off their only chance of escape.
It's a dream come true when Paddy finally escapes the breaker and gets hired as a trapper --- but then he gets sick. Rory Hamilton, the Quinn's landlady's daughter, comes up with a daring plan to keep Paddy's job open --- if she can overcome her dread of the mines that killed her father and brother. Just going underground tests Rory's courage. How will she survive when a cave-in traps her and Liam in the dustfilled air and unrelenting darkness of the mine?