Jake just wants to be a cool sixth grader. One day, he gets invited to the “cool kids' table” at lunch with Amanda, Tony, and Darryl, who are new students that moved into Jake’s town. Crazy animals start attacking all of them, and Jake is very confused. Tony, Amanda, and Darryl use magic and tell Jake that they are from a different world and Amanda is a princess in the world. They fight Prince Badood who is trying to take over the throne in the world.
High school life is complicated for senior Jack Duncan. Not only does he have to juggle normal schoolwork, the occasional job driving tractors for others in town, and playing varsity baseball for his high school, he also has to take care of his financially struggling mother. Years ago, Jack and his parents owned one of the biggest, most successful farms in Delano. Selling the bountiful harvest grown on their four thousand acres allowed them to prosper greatly. That’s all gone now, and he and his mother struggle to hold on to the one remaining acre they have left.
Fire. It’s always fire. He loves it. What happens, however, when his obsession with fire results in a possible murder? This is the impossible question facing Diego Rivera, a 15-year-old, who thinks he killed his abusive step-father in a fire he caused. Now, Diego decides to run and hitchhike across unknown areas of Texas in order to avoid his fate. Escaping guilt and responsibility, however, is not as easy as sticking out a fist and catching the next ride.
Epic Kids is a book about a middle school boy named Jake. One day, three kids ask him to sit at their table and include him in their plans to skip school and go to a movie. Jake decides to go for it. He tells his mom that he isn't going to school tomorrow. She leaves him home alone the next day with a doctor's note to excuse him from school. After she leaves, Jake looks out the window, and his three new friends are in a car on his driveway. Jake is in for a day he never dreamed could be possible.
In Smack in the Middle: My Turbulent Time Treating Heroin Addicts at Odyssey House, psychoanalyst Dr. Gibbs Williams recounts his 17 months working as an assistant director at New York’s infamous Odyssey House, a facility that treated recovering heroin addicts in the late 1960s. Led by founder Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber, Odyssey House employed some controversial techniques to keep its residents clean and put them on a solid path to recovery.
The Ride by Nancy Demme is a book all about the morals of life and about the different people you can meet along the way. Diego, the main character, is just a young man running from the life that was shoved upon him, trying to go anywhere but home. The way that Diego travels is by walking along the road and hitchhiking whenever possible. The people he travels with along the way all reflect the different kinds of people there are in the world, from punks driving huge trucks, to accountants that are happy to talk and share a donut.
When We Were Brave follows three separate but similar stories of victims of the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. There’s William Falk, a rogue SS officer seeking to disclose the horrors of the concentration camps to the U.S. so that they can infiltrate them and free the prisoners inside. Then, there’s Izaak Tauber, a young Jewish boy who is shuffled from camp to camp with his mother while separated from his father.
The Truth Keeper is set during the Holocaust, and Fritz, a young Nazi boy is very passionate about being a good Aryan, but internally he thinks killing Jews and Communists is wrong; however, he has never told anyone that.