The moment twelve-year-old Kelsey and her mother arrive at Freedom Lake, it's obvious that this is not going to be the kind of resort experience Kelsey expected. Or hoped for. A nurse escorts a girl in a strait-jacket out the back door of their cabin and Kelsey's creeped out. The girl begs Kelsey for help. Mrs. A., the woman who runs the resort, apologizes and explains that the girl hasn't been taking her meds. That's when Kelsey learns there's a private school on the property for girls with “special needs.”
"A tweenage mystery ..."
Fourteen-year-olds Serena and J. T. are headed to Cancun, Mexico. They're not traveling together. Not even on the same plane. In fact they haven't met. Yet.
Sixteen-year-old Jen Wallace leads a double life at Springdale High. In secret she's the wildly popular advice columnist known as ASK AMY. But to the world she's just boring old Jen. Which wouldn't matter if Marc Adams didn't exist. Determined to make him notice her, she accepts a challenge to win a spot on the cheerleading squad. But how can she learn all the right moves when her ASK AMY identity is under attack? Someone is raiding the locked ASK AMY mailbox. They're blackmailing students who've written in for advice. As Jen closes in on the blackmailer, she learns it's a lot easier to dispense advice than to take it. Worse, Jen knows she's being set up for a fall. It's only a matter of time before her secret identity is exposed and her reputation is ruined. It will not only be goodbye to Mark, but to everyone and everything she cares about.
Twelve-year-old Jessica Oliver's summer is ruined. Instead of swimming, scrapbooking, and hanging out with her friend, she's stuck at her Grandma Charlotte's house at the opposite end of the state. Worse, there's no TV, just a million chores.