Sixth grader Benjamin Pratt loves history, which makes going to the historic Duncan Oakes School a pretty cool thing. But his beloved school is slated to be torn down to make room for an entertainment park. This would be most kids’ dream – except there’s more to the developers than meets the eye… and more to the school.
Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own. He calls himself the Thief Lord.
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present.
Joey's dad just roared into town on a motorcycle, his mom is chasing her ex-husband away with a broomstick, and his grandma's camped out on the couch behind a plastic shower curtain. What's more, Joey's Chihuahua has been dognapped, and his mom insists that he be homeschooled with a mean blind girl. Welcome to his world.
Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine.
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run. And not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.
Ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage. What is this thing beneath the spiders' webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never before seen?
Otto, Lucia, and Max Hardscrabble, whose mother has been missing for many years, have unexpected adventures in the village of Snoring-By-The-Sea after their father goes away on a business trip.
The campaign to save Earth from being turned off is going well, but Michael must enlist fellow fifth-graders to help hide the SPHDZ.
Griffin Bing is on his way to a million dollars; until a mean collector named S. Wendell Palomino tricks him out of a rare Babe Ruth baseball card. Now Griffin must put a team together to get it back.
Joe, Sam and Fred take zany adventures back in time to face evil knights, pirates and other bizarre characters.
C Shilling 4/13