Twelve-year old Addie tries to cope with her mother’s erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks. Addie cultivates friendships with people she meets at a neighboring convenience store, but the affection she receives from others doesn't compensate for the absence of love in her home.
Azure's principal gives her the chance to turn the school's traditional (and boring) senior prom into an event that will appeal to everyone, not just the jocks and cheerleaders. Soon Azure manages to convince her best friends Luke and Radhika to help with the planning. It’s a fun read about a Denver high school whose idea of inclusivity goes beyond the norm to include all "geeks, freaks, and uniques.”
For his birthday, Cam receives the strangest present ever from his father. A cardboard box. Really? Just a cardboard box? But nothing is as it seems. Soon, Cam learns this is no ordinary piece of cardboard. In fact, it holds a secret power, transforming it from the ordinary to something magically alive!
Jack and Early head off into the Maine wilderness on a quest to find a huge bear. And some other things, too, including Early's dead brother. There are a million coincidences and everything ties together quite cleverly in the end.