In The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez, the year is 1892. Ian Castillo walks in on his sister, Callie, trying to use a telescope that has been stored in the attic for five years. It is special to Ian because it was the last gift their father gave him before he mysteriously disappeared. When the kids least expect it, it turns itself into a space ship and launches them into space.
When Liana finally gathers the courage to wear her late mother’s anklet, her whole world starts to change. First, there’s an accident at her father’s magic show, then she starts having the strangest dreams, and soon she’s seeing people that no one else can. Her shrink tells her she’s going crazy, just like her mother, but the boy no one else can see keeps insisting that everything happening is real.
Transkei (South Africa) is a rough place to live. Settlers speak primarily Xhosa, with English being a common second language. Elena gave birth to Doris when she was just thirteen. Doris grew up in this rural landscape, forced into child labor and other responsibilities children should never be required to deal with. Eventually, she broke free of this society after her mother’s tragic passing, as Doris moved out on her own to find a better life for herself. Doris had several children, one of who was named Louiesa.
Rad Girls Can is a book about amazing young women who have stepped up in their communities and countries to make a difference. Rad Girls Can touches on 91 stories, some are short, a paragraph or two, and some are long, spanning two to three pages. The book also has stories about different ethnic groups, races, religions, and more! Some of the stories are about women many of us have hear of, like Anne Frank, Lorde, Ruby Bridges, Helen Keller, and others.
War World by Rod C. Spence is about the future in which new technology has been invented and the leading company, TerraGen, has it all. Six TerraGen workers’ kids go to the exact same school and have always been called The TerraGen Kids. Their parents are some of the leading scientists in the United States of America. When two of the scientists team up and design a working wormhole, a portal to another planet millions of light years away, an expedition is started away from prying eyes.
Ellie, the main character in The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm, was in middle school when the “Mushroom War” started. Her parents tried to get Ellie to eat mushrooms by hiding them in various dishes, but after trying them twice, Ellie refused to eat a third mushroom.
Grow Up Messy! is about a little girl named Misry whom everyone has nicknamed Messy, as she usually makes a mess out of things. Misry lives in India where her father is a soldier. A few things that cause messes are that she tries to prove she is as good as the older kids, swim on her own, fight on the bus, and defend herself by spitting! With the help of her mom, dad, aunt, and principal, she learns how to grow up – but not messy!