It’s 1957 and seven-year-old Alex, the main character in A Jar Full of Angel Feathers by Susan Russell, has just lost his mother. Even worse, his father wants to start a new life, so he sends Alex from their home in London to live in Cornwall with his Aunt Mary for a year. Alex isn’t used to the quiet countryside. He desperately misses both his parents and the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast is a touching story about a boy stranded on an island alone. He doesn't know who he is or where he came from. He has no memory of anything. As he regains his memory, he remembers family and love.
Mikey McKenzie, in Principal Mikey by Derek Taylor Kent, is no ordinary ten-year-old boy. He is a larger than life character who thinks he could solve many everyday problems if adults ever paid any attention to him. After most of the kids at school get sick with the flu, he and his best friend, Justin Gluck, set out on a mission to find out how it happened.
It is 1982 in Southern California, and fourteen-year-old musical prodigy, Todd Williams, is experiencing typical coming of age confusion, conflict, and distress. The otherworldly additions to these experiences, however, are hardly typical.
Todd Williams’ life seems to be falling apart. His mother is spiraling into alcoholism, the bullies at school won’t give him a break, and his best friend, Jennifer, isn’t speaking to him. Todd decides that maybe he should seek the help of a ghost. He befriends a spirit, Leroy, to try and help him figure out his whack life. Follow Todd as he treads the waters of high school and growing up.
Mikey McKenzie is a normal ten-year-old with extraordinary ideas. He uses the scientific method to fix the problems that he sees. One day, he unexpectedly gets called to his principal's office. His crazy principals informs Mikey that she would like him to take over her spot while she is away taking care of her sick mother. Of course Mikey takes the job, because what student wouldn’t want to have a chance to change their school? The power soon goes to his head, and he realizes that there are bigger issues to deal with than having better school lunches.
Abracadabra! This word has been used for centuries as a fantastical joke. Plenty of children have waved sticks in the air and shouted this word, claiming that they can perform magic. However, for 12-year-old orphan Toby, the playful word takes on a whole new meaning when his world is flipped upside down by a talking panther who kidnapped his grandfather. Thrust into a world of magic, strange dialect, beauty, and imagination, Toby learns a whole new meaning to the word abracadabra.
Twelve-year-old Toby Roberts, the main character in The Magicians Convention by Elena Paige, is sure that magic isn’t real. But one morning while looking out his bedroom window, Toby sees hundreds of people clad in black cloaks and top hats streaming into his neighbor’s tiny house. Stranger yet, his grandpa swears he doesn’t see anyone at all.
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