This book is about a girl named Emily Whayne and her doberman, Xena. One day people in a van are following Emily. The next day, three men watch as Emily competes in a martial arts tournament. Those same men show up at her swim meet. At a horse ranch, a group of men then try to kidnap her. She gets past them through a clearing and runs into another group of people, who seem to be protecting her from the men but also try to kidnap her.
In The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal, cousins Samuel and Albert are living together after the death of Albert’s father. Since Albert’s mother needs family support, Samuel’s mom reorganizes their house, moves Samuel to an attic bedroom, and lets Albert use Samuel’s old room. Both boys are 10 to 11 years old, but that’s where the commonalities end. Samuel Christopher McCubbins seems almost perfect, while Albert Robert Thomas Jackson is as ordinary as can be.
In The Story that Cannot Be Told, main character Ilena collects stories of all kinds and revises the endings to her liking. She writes down all of the stories in a book she calls The Great Tome. Ilena and her family try to have a good life, despite Romania's corrupt leader. When Ilena's uncle writes a story criticizing the communist government, the secret police come after Ilena and her family. Ilena's parents make the difficult decision to send Ilena to stay with her grandparents. Ilena doesn't want to go live with the grandparents she has never met.
In this book, we meet a cranky bear who is just waking up from his hibernation. He meets many forest animals. The animals are a fish, a bumblebee, a bird, and a snail. The bear is going to eat the animals, but they share details of their lives with him so the bear loses his appetite. The fish talks about eating worms, the bird talks about feeding her babies, the bumblebee talks about how hard he works without recognition. The bear realizes the importance of the work these animals do, so he leaves them alone to go find his food elsewhere.
The Spinach in My Teeth is a great book with two purposes - to teach and to entertain! It's about a boy who has an embarrassing first day of school - with spinach in his teeth from a spinach salad he has at lunch! At the end of the day, someone tells him about it, and he goes home sad and embarrassed. He says he doesn't want to have spinach again. That is until he meets a few unlikely friends who show him a whole new world of spinach.