When Ludlow Fitch runs away from his thieving parents in the City, he meets up with the mysterious Joe Zabbidou, who calls himself a secret pawnbroker, and who takes Ludlow as an apprentice to record the confessions of the townspeople of Pagus Parvus, where resentments are many and trust is scarce.
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
Fergal Banfield, an eccentric lad who collects cans, is surprised to find some unexpected--and even alarming--things in a few of his treasures, and when he meets Charlotte, another collector, they begin an investigation that leads them into dangerous territory.
Fifteen-year-old RD thinks that sliding through eighth grade will be even easier the second time around; girls, skipping class, and just waiting for the principal to accuse him of something. But what RD wasn’t counting on was his grandmother skipping town and being left completely and utterly - alone.
In one night, Jack’s life is changed forever. He’s only a toddler, but he escapes the grisly murderer who slays his entire family, wanders through the fog, and is rescued by the supernatural folks who live at a nearby graveyard. But this is just the beginning of the story, because Jack will not be safe until he grows up and faces those that still hunt him.
Petra awakes one morning to find her father returned to her . . . without his eyes. The Prince of Bohemia has taken them for reasons both sinister and selfish. As Petra bravely sets off for Prague, along with her magical tin spider, to get them back, she finds an ally in a gypsy boy with ghost fingers and discovers that she may also have hidden talents of her own.
In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.
At the age of fifteen, a girl who has spent most of her life moving around the country with her father and brother, filling the emptiness inside her with chocolate, remembers her real name, Sherica, and searches the Internet to learn the truth about her mother and her own past.