The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane starts in a diamond mine with a blind girl named Chia. She is digging diamonds for her evil stepmother Pricilla. The story continues with a rescue for Chia, and she ends up at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. There, some creatures help her and give her a great gift, but she remembers her sister is at the castle and asks her new friends to help rescue her. The friends have one condition: they want Pricilla’s heart. The rest of the story involves rescues, escapes, and magical creatures. Read the book to find out all the details!
Other People’s Crazy by Gregory Fletcher is a book written from the point of view of a high school boy trying to fit in. The book introduces Brandon as an overweight boy who has some trouble making friends, and therefore he doesn’t try. On one particular day, Brandon goes outside to eat lunch, like he does every day, but this time, the smallest kid in class comes flying at him. With the help of a friend, Stuart (the boy who attacked Brandon) posts a video of the fight online.
Camila has kept a secret all her life; she has been tossed around between relatives ever since her mom was incarcerated and sentenced to death for killing in cold blood. Now, in high school, she has a strait-laced, A-student boyfriend, but she still has not told him her secret. She's OK with ignoring her secret and trying to live a normal life. Camila wants to be seen as someone worthy of love and a second chance, not some dangerous criminal's daughter.
Empty Seats is about a boy, Jimmy, who he was 6 years old when he started to play baseball. His father was very good at baseball. He wanted his son to excel so he could make it to the pros, which his dad has never did. Jimmy was taught by his dad and ended up being the best pitcher in his high school. He went to the minors straight from high school and skipped college because he knew he could make it to the majors. While he was in the minors, his coach is harsh. Jimmy thinks he knew everything, but realizes there's a lot left to learn.
A Helping Paw by Allan Gilmour is an interesting twist on a self-help or best-life novel. Gilmour uses his two feline companions, Mr. Fred Midnight and Sir George Francis Winston, to give input on decisions and their outcomes for all "humans." Gilmour starts each chapter with a quirky description of where the two felines are currently hanging out and what they are doing there. Then, Midnight and Winston soon turn their current situation into a speculation on human behavior - with reasoning behind decisions and the outcomes they garner.