Alex has it all --- brains, beauty, popularity, and a dangerously hot boyfriend. Her little sister Thea wants it all, and she's stepped up her game to get it. Even if it means spinning the truth to win the attention she deserves. Even if it means uncovering a shocking secret her older sister never wanted to share. Even if it means crying wolf.
Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions...like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.
When plain and unpopular Annie Nutter gets zapped by one of her dad's whacked-out inventions, she lands in a parallel universe where her life becomes picture-perfect. Now she's Ayla Monroe, daughter of the same mother but a different father --- and she's the gorgeous, rich queen bee of her high school.
Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald --- Fitz, to his friends --- has just learned that his father, whom he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him.
When eleven-year-old Ella's mother has to be hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at "Broken Family Camp" with her eccentric grandmother, whom she's never met, who seems to care more about her library than she does about her own granddaughter. But when a rare and beloved book is stolen from her grandmother's amazing library, Ella and her new friend Rosie make up their minds to find it, thinking that finding the beautiful book her grandmother loves so much could even be the key to healing Ella's broken family.
Primrose Squarp is back! Even though her parents, once lost at sea, are home, there's a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose busy. There's Uncle Jack and Kate Bowzer, who may (or may not) be in love. There's Ked, a foster child who becomes Primrose's friend. And there's the new development on the outskirts of town that threatens the Coal Harbor Primrose knows and treasures
Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby Lovitt has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, and takes away attention from her beloved horse, True Blue. And then there's high school --- Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges. She begins to wonder if there is another way to look at horses, people, and life itself.
Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell that Hannah --- her sister that she barely remembers --- is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate those closest to her, she seeks solace from an unexpected source, and starts to see her sister in a whole new light.
Everyone says Caro is bad, but Jamie can't help himself. She is totally different from the other girls. But when Caro begins disappearing for days at a time, having scars on her wrists, and talking of revolution and taking action, Jamie realizes there is much more to Caro than he initially thought. Jamie is also worried about his older brother Rob, who is back from Afghanistan and struggling with PTSD. Strangely enough, Rob and Caro know one another...the question is how.
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