Sixteen-year-old Tom LeFave is trying to hold his world together. His family's marina is struggling. His dad is full of secrets. And the quarterback of the football team hates his guts. When a huge yacht docks at Tom's marina, things look brighter, especially when he meets Kat, the daughter of the boat's owner. Kat and Tom share a love of rum-running history. It's not long, however, before Tom starts to realize there's something more than history happening on the river. And if Tom can't figure it out in time, he just might be history too.
As Gina gets ready for her Christmas wedding, all is quiet in Steeltown. Then she's robbed, cousin Jimmy has a heart attack, and someone in the city has hijacked a transport truck full of booze. But who? And why? Gina knows bootlegging used to be a family business, but they stopped that in the '30s. Didnt they? Gina and Nico work feverishly to keep the latest bungled family matter under wraps, but the police are closing in. And, once again, everything points to the Holy Cannoli Retirement Home. The Bootlegger's Goddaughter is the fifth book in the Gina Gallo Mystery series.
One minute Jack's in math class. The next, he's on a dark, cobblestoned, empty street. Empty, that is, except for a skinny girl wrapped in a threadbare shawl. "Matches, mister?" she asks, and just like that, Jack's life collides with one of Hans Christian Andersen's grimmest tales. And just when he has almost convinced himself it was just a weird dream, it happens again. Suddenly, Jack's ideas about what is "real" or "possible" no longer apply. While he and his new girlfriend, Lucy, struggle to understand who or what the Match Girl is, they come to realize they must also find a way to keep Jack away from her. The Match Girl is not just a sad, lonely soul; she's dangerous. And each time Jack is drawn into her gray, solitary world, she becomes stronger, more alive...and more attached to Jack. She wants to keep Jack for her very own, even if that means he will die.
Super-critical Professor Walter Dudley should have retired long ago. Everyone hates his history class. But even his unhappiest student's wouldn't have done him any harm... or would they? Tony Young resolves to find out what really happened to the cranky old man.
Home from college for the summer, Jean and Jared find disturbing changes in the tiny community of Warm Springs. Something suspicious is going on in HybriGene's top-secret laboratory. The twins make it their business to solve the mystery.
Nick's new college roommate, Darryl, needs some help. At first glance, Nick thinks he's a real dork. And what's with the briefcase? But Darryl's problem is literally "out of this world." If his enemies catch up with him, his race is doomed!
Roger impresses Jay with his dumpsters finds. Then Jay goes dumpster diving and comes up with a hot new computer game. He doesn't know it's infected with a sinister virus. And he certainly doesn't know that someone saw him find it!