Lucy’s father is a ghostologist, but there’s not much call for that anymore. With the advent of electric lights (which ghosts hate,) the ghosts have died out or gone away. So he parked her at a prim boarding school and set off for the Pacific Northwest on a new venture. And soon, Lucy runs off to follow him. It turns out that the logging business is in a tailspin due to an epidemic called “rust” that is destroying the trees. When Lucy arrives in the town where her father should be, she finds that he’s missing.
You know you’re at the bottom of the middle school social ladder when you’re a troll…
Daisy is living with her single mom in a trailer park. Once a month, her Grandma takes her to the Federal prison (Club Fed) to see her father. Daisy really misses him, so she gets her geeky classmate Graham to help her plan a way to break The Chemist (her Dad) out of Club Fed, and they call it The Graham Cracker Plot.
Emma and her dog find a floating bottle, and when she pulls the stopper, Emma releases a small, blue genie named Karim. Karim can’t grant any wishes because an evil yellow genie stole his powerful nose ring. Now he’s tiny and powerless. He asks Emma to help him get back his nose ring and he whisks her off on his magic carpet to a city full of scorpions, turbans, desert sands, a dromedary and the evil genie, Sahim.
King Hades, Lord of the Underworld (and one cool dude), tells mortal readers about Odysseus’s long, torturous trip as he tries to sail home after the Trojan War. Readers who think they know the story should think again!
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.
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.
Roan is graduating from primary school, and waiting for his invitation to attend Pilot Academy Middle School. He can’t wait to fly in space! However, he’s rejected by Pilot Academy, but luckily gets a last minute invitation to go to Jedi School on the planet Coruscant. He doesn’t know anything about Jedi’s or the Force, but it’s better than going to the Plant academy.
Finally, it’s the day that Rafter and his brother Benny will get their superpowers! They are both part of the Bailey Family – superheroes that protect their town from the evil supervillains, the Johnsons. However, after all that waiting . . . when they do get their powers, they’re duds. Benny can turn his belly-button from an innie to an outie. And Rafter can make a match light by striking it on polyester. How can they fight evil Johnsons (shake fist) with those powers?
Ash Mistry, a 13-year-old British school boy, and his sister Lucky are on vacation, visiting their aunt and uncle in India. His uncle is offered 2 million dollars to take a job translating writing found in an archeological dig, by Alexander Savage, the wealthy European sponsoring the dig. Ash goes with his uncle to Savage’s home – once the palace of the maharajah, and now called the Savage Fortress. While there, Ash finds a golden arrowhead, and has an out-of-body experience during which he is Rama, the great king/god/warrior who defeated Ravana, the Demon King