In Stoneygate there was a wilderness where the ancient coal pit had once been. Here Kit met Askew, who has a strange ability to draw other children to his game called Death. When Askew disappears, it is up to Kit to find him and bring him back.
Twenty-three vignettes present Nong, a ten-year-old girl living in present-day Thailand, and the characters of her village as they slowly make the transition from rural poverty to western modernization.
The fox and the wolf play tricks on one another, with neither one ultimately triumphing, until fox manages the best trick of all and fools the wolf into putting his tail into icy water and losing it.
Wanting the two girls in the sandbox to take notice of him, young Anthony breaks out all of his best tricks to get them to look his way but to no avail.
Working as an artist’s apprentice in Renaissance Florence, thirteen-year-old Arduino makes a discovery which may cost him the chance to become a painter.
When Kessy, who lives in the Truk Islands, is sent by his mother to buy laundry soap, he hurries back to listen to her storytelling, discovering that his own experience makes a good story too.
In the early seventeenth century, young Venetian Filippo Veroneo travels from Venice to Afghanistan to rescue his imprisoned father, stopping in India to raise the ransom by selling his father’s beautiful diamond to the ruler Shah Jehan.
In 1961 East Berlin, thirteen-year-old Heidi copes with the stress of a crisis with her best friend, government pressure on her father to leave his West Berlin job, her mother’s pregnancy, and the ever-present threat of the closing of the border.
Compelled to search for his half-brother Creep who some people insist is nonexistent, Christopher locates Parliamentary Papers containing Nathaniel Creep’s personal narrative of working conditions during the Industrial Revolution 100 years earlier.
After the death of her grandmother, a young orphaned girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey which leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her.