During a summer at her grandparents’ Italian seaside home, thirteen-year-old Lucrezia faces a changing relationship with her best friend Oliver and great personal tragedy.
In Venice, Italy, ten-year-old Elisa finds she must deal with all the unexpected consequences of her beloved eccentric grandmother’s transformation into a giant Aldabra tortoise, native to a small group of coral islands in the Seychelles.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can ‘read’ fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
After moving from London to an old mansion on the English coast, eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia discover that their new home has twisting tunnels, strange artifacts from around the world, and a mysterious, locked door.
No matter how hard Mama tries to treat them equally, Tiff, Taff, and Lulu complain, until the time comes when Mama needs their help.
Worried about having left the overly-generous Brother Juniper in charge of their chapel when they went out to preach, the other friars are not prepared for what they find upon their return.