CJ Ames lives with her Aunt Nic who works as a psychic medium. The two of them are always traveling from place to place so that Aunt Nic can communicate messages from the dead to members of her audience. Aunt Nic also relays messages from CJ’s mother, who died after giving birth to CJ.
Olive Preiss loves to perform onstage and even signs up for a summer theater camp. There’s only one problem: her mother. Mrs. Preiss used to be a famous stage actress, but ever since Olive’s father died, she has been extra critical of her daughter. It seems like Olive can’t do anything right in her mother’s eyes. This makes her freeze up whenever she performs in front of her mom, which is exactly what happens during her theater camp audition.
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, better known as Frederick Douglass, was born a slave in the United States. Ever since he was a small child, he knew the horrors of the practice of slavery. All throughout Frederick’s life, he fought for the downfall of slavery. As an escaped slave himself, he preached to the people about his story. Large crowds would gather to hear the story of a man who grew up to work for his owners, and Frederick was happy to tell.
I Spy the Illuminati Eye by Sheila Keenan explains some conspiracy theories and their history from the "all-seeing eye" through the enlightenment to modern times. She explains in simple and sometimes humorous tones the history that formed some of the mysteries of our culture. From secret societies to the dollar bill, this book shares fresh and direct information in a very creative way. Her information in incredibly "illuminating"!
Billie Paradise, her mom, and her brother move out to a strange house in a town full of secrets. While Billie explores the town, she meets a boy and falls in love with him. Many new people and many new mysteries unfold as Billie looks more closely at this unusual town. Billie’s mother has many secrets of her own, including the identity of Billie’s dad. Family secrets unravel and murders are solved. Even the cute new boy has something to do with the town’s many unknowns.
Flight of a Starling is about Rita and Lo, two teenage sisters born into a family of circus performers. The two of them perform as trapeze artists and love traveling from place to place. Then Lo meets a "flattie" named Dean, a college boy who has only lived in one place his whole life. The two form a strong connection and sneak off night after night to be together, despite her father's orders that she is to only associate with her own kind.
In the book The Door to January, Natalie Payson and her family moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine. Ever since she moved away, she’s been having these nightmares. When she goes back to Bernier, she keeps going back to this old abandoned house with her cousin Teddy. When she is at the house, she feels it calling to her, and sometimes the house takes her and shows her the past. Natalie feels the house trying to tell her something. When Natalie receives surprises in her bird hotel (it's a thing she and Teddy made) she realizes she is in danger.
Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy is a charming epic of how a normal girl is whisked into an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Willa Snap's mother has created an invention that a person could put Washington D.C. inside of it, and once something is inside, everything within it is frozen in time.