In 1918, Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as mourners flock to séances for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. She’s forced to rethink her way of looking at life and death, for her first love --- a boy who died in battle --- returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Fifth-grader Genie Kunkle knows there will be good, bad, and in-between from the first day of school. The good? She’s in homeroom with her best friend, Sarah. The bad? Sarah’s friend from camp, Blair, is itching to take Genie’s place as Sarah’s BFF. The in-between? Genie is elected to write her class’s blog. But expressing her opinion in public can be scary --- especially when her opinion might make the rest of her class upset.
Eleven-year-old Holly Shepard longs for adventure and that's precisely what she gets when she is given an old iron key that unlocks a door to Anglielle. When her brother Ben and companion Everett are sentenced to death by the royals, Holly must save them and find a way back home. But will she be able to muster the courage and rise above her ordinary past to become an extraordinary hero?
Thirteen-year-old Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultra-cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school makes fun of her and Troy won’t give her a second glance. When Laura is forced to learn the history of the slave shack on her grandmother’s property for a school assignment, she discovers the self-esteem she’s been missing.
Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?
Pip is in hiding, trapped in the great walled city of Hangman's Hollow. The sinister Jarvis roams the streets, seeking out children wherever he can find them. And now he has a deadly ally. With his friends Toad and Frankie, Pip must seek out Jarvis in his dark forest stronghold, and strike a blow for the city's lost children.
Armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests --- each surrounded by brave and powerful allies --- knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.
When Jared, Shireen and Miranda are each given one glittering gift from an old Venetian shopkeeper, they never fathom the powers they are now able to unleash.For centuries earlier, another trio --- Rashid, Maria and Francesca --- have been kidnapped and will be sold into child slavery. Unless, that is, they can find some way to save them all. Danger, it seems, has a way of spanning centuries.
Take 11-year-old Timmy Failure --- the clueless, self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his lazy business partner, a large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile --- Timmy’s mom’s Segway --- and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t stress out about the bills anymore.
In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, 11-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent.