- THE HOUSE ON BARNABY’S STREET
Fifth grader Barnaby Johnson is anything but brave. He has spent a lifetime avoiding the deserted old house on his street, but when bossy sixth grader Peggy Ko catches him eyeballing the cracked paint and wilting porch, she invites him on “the adventure of a lifetime.” To his surprise, Barnaby accepts and follows Peggy right through the open back door.
Together, they face darklight that lurks around corners, floorboards that swallow intruders, and statues that move overnight in patterns only Barnaby understands. Each step of the way, Peggy guides them with answers from a twenty-sided die she has smashed out of a Magic 8 Ball. But, as Peggy points out, just because you want something to be magic doesn’t make it that way.
Their friendship deepens and swells to include Peggy’s little sister, Lulu, as an apprentice in their adventure. When an unforeseen tragedy takes Lulu and threatens to destroy Peggy, Barnaby does all he can to save the girl who opened doors for him. He braves entering the house alone, discovers its true heart, and repairs damage to both the house and Peggy. In the end, Barnaby realizes (haunted houses and old occult mysteries aside) the true magic is their friendship.
- LIV: A FAIRY TALE
Twelve-year-old Liv is living a fairy tale, but it’s not the good kind.
When Liv’s mother dies, Liv must move from California to her grandfather’s archaic apartment in Manhattan. She leaves behind her friends and home, but not the voices in her head. Once a nuisance, they grow more insistent. Her grandfather reveals why: Liv—like the rest of her family—is a fairy, belonging to an underground enclave that lies beneath Central Park, and the voices are part of her developing fairy gift of telepathy.
But all is not well with the fairies. Young ones are missing, taken by a ruthless human named Cyrus Lembo who wants their supernatural fairy gifts for his own. The voices in Liv’s head are those of the kidnapped. With the help of a doddering old mapmaker named Toadstool, city-exploring triplets known as the O-Boys, and clues from her mother’s childhood diary that Liv discovers behind a secret panel in her room, Liv uses her telepathy to locate the missing fairies. When she uncovers what Cyrus has done to them, it will take all of Liv’s growing inner strength to save those she can, and to deal with the deaths of those she loses.
Three creeps. A dead neighbor. A teacher with supersonic hearing. What the heck is going on in fifth grader Gus Dobson’s town?
When his dad loses his job for the third time, Gus runs off to his favorite climbing tree, a tree he’s never fallen out of—until now. Halfway to the ground, Gus discovers he is hovering. Yep, hovering. Floating above the ground without holding on to anything.
He experiments and discovers he can do way more than hover. He can fly. And when he does, he’s invisible. Looks like his town is getting weirder by the second.
There are some advantages: free movies and burgers, being able to spy on people. Flying is awesome. But he can’t bring himself to tell his best friend, Josh, about it. After all, Josh still has to deal with gravity. As he drifts further from Josh, Gus struggles with missing the one person he could always count on.
Spending more and more time in the air—alone—Gus stumbles on a murder while spying on the three creeps who just moved to town. He can’t figure out how to tell anyone about it without sounding like a nutjob. But when his dad goes to work for those same creeps, Gus knows it’s up to him to gather enough evidence to bust the bad guys. Most of what he unearths involves a mystical creature called a chimaree—someone his little sister, Tasha, seems to know all about. Gus pumps her for information but worries about keeping her safe too. When he fails at that, he has nowhere to turn except for Josh. Yeah, the same Josh he’s been ignoring lately to go fly.
- WORK IN PROGRESS – THE TRIANGLE CHAIN
Quetzal’s dad is one of three guardians of a thousand-year-old Mayan time capsule, due to be opened next month. When he goes missing, Quetzal is sure it has something to do with what’s inside.
- WORK IN PROGRESS – UNTITLED
The library has burned down and though Wik likes her reality with a side serving of facts, it looks more and more like her twin sister’s theory that the Wicked Witch of the West burned it down might be true.