by Tom Rogers Year Published: 2014 Historical fiction
On September 11, 2001, Alex Douglas woke up eleven years old. It was his birthday, and he was positive it was going to be the best one yet, except something felt off.
Alex's dad left for work early that morning which didn't give Alex time to apologize for the mean things he had said the night before. On the way to school a bully smashed his birthday cupcakes and when they got to school the principal dismissed school early. This was not how Alex planned to spend his birthday and it certainly was not living up to his high expectations.
Unaware that the twin towers had fallen just miles from his home and that his dad could be trapped underneath them, Alex and his little sister Nunu make their way home and encounter numerous twists and turns along the way: neighborhood bullies, an injured dog, and a cranky old stranger.
Once Alex learns of the tragedy in New York City, he makes one last deal with the univese and hopes he can make everything right and bring his dad back home.
by Dusti Bowling Year Published: 2017 Mystery
Middle schooler Aven is unique because, unlike just about everyone she's ever met, Aven doesn't have arms. If you ask her, she'd probably tell you they got ripped off in a circus accident or some other wild scenario, but the truth is that she was simply born without them. Thanks to Aven's parents, who ensured she knew how to be entirely self-sufficient, her disability never stopped her from doing things that she loves.
Aven's world gets flipped upside down when her parents decide to move from Kansas to a small town in Arizona to run a theme park. Suddenly Aven loses all the confidence she had and all of her positivity because everyone at her new school and in her new town underestimate her abilities.
Luckily, with the help of some new friends, her parents, and an unsolved mystery at the theme park, Aven begins to find her way again and is ready to shine as bright as ever.