Eleanor and Pearl are best friends and spend most of their time together. Pearl has been assigned to buddy up with the new girl Ainsley and a friendship develops. Jealousy stirs in Eleanor and before she knows it it gets the best of her. Eleanor tells the whole class a secret Pearl had told her about Ainsley. UGH!
Sitting still and good grades are not Mike’s thing. Fourth grade is supposed to be a fresh start for Mike but he’s already been to the principal’s office and has been taken off the soccer team. Mike didn’t think things could get worse but now he as to spend every day after school with Nora who is super smart and a girl.
Avery Van Demere has never known her parents. Being told her mother is dead, and her alcoholic father hasn’t had the courage to stand up to his own mother, Avery has been raised by her grandmother, isolated in a mansion, not being allowed to have friends outside of school. Naturally she rebels and when she gets caught sneaking out, her grandmother sends her to a boarding school. The night she is escaping from there, she is picked up by her family lawyers to participate in a heritage challenge to determine who will win and control the vast fortune.
Nick’s family moves to Colorado Springs, into a new home. The attic is full of clutter and Nick decides to have a garage sale to make space for a bedroom. After he sells all the items, Nick learns they have strange powers and a sinister group of scientists wants them back. It’s up to Nick and his friends to get the stuff out of the wrong hands so they can figure out exactly what power this mismatched pile of junk holds.
Frank and his friend Watson are working in Frank’s grandfather’s workshop, trying to build a robot for their science experiment. They create two robots they name Klink and Klank. Klink can think, but Klank, not so much. Frank’s archenemy, T. Edison comes to the workshop to try to steal Frank’s ideas and plants a robotic bug to spy on Frank.
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.
Kevin, Warner, Tara, and TJ are at the best STEM summer camp in America, where they invent the Galactascope. As a team known as the Extraordinary Terrestrials, they point the Galactascope towards outer space hoping to make contact with aliens. It works!! Alien Mim arrives on planet Earth all cute with his purple fur, four eyes, four arms and two legs. He doesn’t stay cute for very long.
Ally has a secret: every time she lands in a new school she fools her teacher with disruptive behavior rather than reveal that she cannot read. She is repeatedly sent to the principal’s office due to outbursts and impertinence, and is labeled “slow” and “stupid.
You know you’re at the bottom of the middle school social ladder when you’re a troll…
Muchoki has been through a lot: Kenyon rioters destroyed his home, his church, and his town. His father died giving Muchoki, his mother and younger sister Jata a chance to escape the turmoil. Now Muchoki, Jata, and his mother are living in a relocation camp. His mother has malaria, so they are waiting for her to become strong enough to travel to her parents’ village. Then the unthinkable happens: his mother dies. Muchoki must figure out a way to get out of the camp, and find his way to his grandparents’ village with his sister.