Cuban-born pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old, and he has no parents to offer them proof.
Paulsen tells stories from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel.
When her desperately ill older brother insists that she take him into their mysterious backyard garden, designed by their quantum physicist great-uncle, fourteen-year-old Susan discovers that things are not always what they seem.
Up until the 1970s, if you were a girl, you were told you couldn't play team sports. But in 1972, the law called Title IX changed that, by ensuring that girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate in sports. But that change did not come without a fight.
Twelve-year-old New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common, so they are just as shocked as everyone else when Meg's hopes for popularity and Edward's mischievous schemes coincidentally collide in a hilarious showdown.