In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
The field trip to the Everglades was Sarah's halfhearted attempt to make some new friends. How could she know that she would end up miles from civilization with a total stranger. Now the two must work together to survive the gators, poisonous snakes, and hunger to make it back to safety.
When thirteen-year-old, bowling-obsessed Lamar Washington finds out that his idol is coming to town, he finds himself involved in some unsavory activities as he tries to change his image to impress people.
Though Doug recently moved to "stupid Marysville" with the rest of his family, he's on his own. His dad shows no appreciation for him. His brother is a junior criminal in the making. Everyone, from shopkeepers to the school principal, think that Doug is some skinny thug. At first, Doug just wants to be left alone. But with some help and acceptance from others, Doug starts to recognize some true talents, and find some much needed self-esteem.
Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.
When some bullies at his new school almost kill him by slipping a peanut into his sandwich, friendless nerd Ambrose, forced to be home-schooled by his overprotective mother, coerces his neighbor Cosmo into taking him to the West Side Scrabble Club, where people accept him for who he is.
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
While regularly petitioning the Vatican to make her the first living saint, fifteen-year-old Antonia Labella prays to assorted patron saints for everything from help with preparing the family's fig trees for a Rhode Island winter to getting her first kiss from the right boy.
He awakes, blindfolded. He doesn’t know his name, where he is, or even who he is. But Happenstance, called Hap by his rescuer, Lord Umber, soon finds out that he has extraordinary powers, deadly enemies, and the fate of the world on his shoulders.