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When fourteen-year-old Alex goes to Indiana to live with her grandparents, she struggles to cope with new friendships, her stern grandfather, and missing her mother.
With her mom arrested as a thief and the police not looking any further for the real criminal, seventh-grader Tracy searches for the wily, dangerous thief alone.
Fourteen-year-old Morgan alienates her friends when she spends all of her time online talking to strangers in various chat rooms.
When the Landmark School for Girls' van carrying an art teacher and six students disappears near an ice-covered lake on the way back from a field trip, twelve-year-old Jeri desperately wants to help but everything she tries seems to make the situation worse.
When Shelley Gordon's parents tell her they can't afford to send her to summer camp, she decides to raise the money herself. Soon, she is a huge success selling second-hand goods, but she finds it hard to find time for friends and schoolwork.
Jean Harvey is tired of everyone taking advantage of her. Finally Jean decides to do something for herself, and is on her way to buying Marshmallow, a cuddly cocker spaniel. It is time to take a stand! Can Jean erase the footprints up her back?
[from the cover flaps: "Was "Eleanor" really a ghost? When Laurie, her family, and her best friend Jenny arrive at Cabin 13 in Backbone State Park for a week's vacation, the mysterious notes left in the cabin don't really alarm her. Laurie thinks it's just a prank to scare campers. After all, there were also eerie bobbing lights said to be seen floating out over the lake. Soon Laurie discovers that "Eleanor"--the signature on all the notes--was the name of a young girl who had stayed in Cabin 13 the previous summer and had died in an accidental drowning. The ghostly notes become more frequent and alarming, and Laurie finds she can't get Eleanor off her mind. Although Jenny is more interested in meeting boys, she reluctantly agrees to help Laurie track down the truth. Their investigations become terrifying when their canoe sinks--was it deliberately sabotaged?--and Laurie is tricked into meeting the "ghost" late one night at the park's cave. But Laurie persists, and as she does she learns more about the rich history of the Backbone Trail. She also becomes convinced that Eleanor's death was no accident. Will Laurie be the next victim of the haunted Cabin 13?" The cover illustration is described.
When serious financial difficulties endanger the future of the Mississippi steamboat tourist attraction run by her family and friends, thirteen-year-old Nikki single-handedly pursues various schemes to make money, discovering the hard way that there is more to life than worrying.
Life may not be fair, but Tara, seeking justice, finds how to make the best of things.
When some of the girls in Jeri's boarding school dorm start getting sick, she thinks that they might have been intentionally poisoned and sets out to investigate and prove her theories.
Rachel's family brings Grandma home to live her final days, and everyone, including Rachel and Grandma herself, must find a path to acceptance.
A blackmailer is victimizing Jeri McKane's best friend, so Jeri uses her investigative abilities to discover who and why. As the threats become more serious -- to her friend as well as herself -- Jeri dares to confront real danger face-to-face.
When an "accidental" fire at the Landmark School turns out to be arson, Jeri McKane is determined to discover who is setting fires and why.
Alex is unhappy living with her mother's parents in Indiana while her mother and alcoholic father remain in Texas, and her life becomes more complicated when she uses her computer to act on her suspicions about her grandparents' new neighbor.