In Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw by Todd Calgi Gallicano, Sam London is a 12-year-old-boy from Benicia, California who lives with his single mom. For 14 nights in a row, he starts having vivid dreams about a mythical world. As he starts wondering if he's ever going to be able to sleep again,he’s surprised to find a book in the school library called The Great and Powerful Gryphon by Dr. Henry Knox, which has a picture on the front cover that matches what has been appearing in his dreams.
Susannah Maya Logan is having a long day. She doesn’t want to go to sleep over at her best friend Lola’s house because it is haunted. She tries to tell her parents about her fear, but they are too excited for her opportunity to even listen to her.
Elirio Malaria, Lupe Impala, and El Chavo Flapjack only want to get better jobs and do what they love in life: work on the most awesome cars in the galaxy. When a car competition comes to town, they have a chance to change their lives for the better. Can they beat the odds and win the car competition? Join them on this whirlwind adventure to find out!
Shadow Rise is the continuing adventure of Maia Greystone. Maia was unable to accomplish her mission in the first book and is now, as a result, being held captive by the Archduchess. The Archduchess is cruel and uses demonic and twisted torture methods. Maia hates this and wishes she could have stopped the bombing. When she finally escapes, she is branded a traitor by the rebels. How will Maia be able to stop the meteor Pandora when she is being hunted by the Archduchess and not trusted by the rebels?
There were well over half a dozen main characters, but probably the two most closely followed by the author were Carrie—a ten year old girl who has to move to Nevada from New Jersey because of a divorce, and Milla—mother-less daughter of Devon, who takes care of wild horses after they are rounded up. Carrie and Milla become friends as the story takes a magical turn involving the Calico Mountains, quilts, meditation, Calico Horses, and these random squares of calico that seemingly fall from the sky.