When Michael saw a chance to leave town with a traveling carnival a year ago, he took it. Back then, his home life was spinning violently out of control. The carnival, with its "no questions asked" policy, seemed like a welcome escape. But now Michael's job has brought him back to Miami, where his mother is on trial for murder, making him wonder how much longer he can hide from his past... and his future.
Together for the first time, two stories about Meliara and Vidanric's oldest children: "Beauty" in which Princess Elestra (the plain one) goes to look at a tree, and discovers a handsome villain, and "Court Ship" in which Prince Alaraec and his friend Nadav, heir to Savona, go to court a princess, but find themselves distracted. The princess does not intend to let them remain distracted for long.
Ray Crandall has just graduated from high school, and is at loose ends over a sticky, Chicago summer. He's been targeted by street gangs for forced membership or worse, if he refuses. His grandmother sends him to a meeting of her favorite charity, intending to get him involved with a safe peer group. He's not at all certain he wants to become a member of something called the Fairy Godmothers Union. The Union pairs him up with a senior fairy godmother, Rose Feinstein, who teaches him about magic and responsibility.
In a private-school conspiracy novel, 16-year-old Jason Weatherby knows exactly why he's at the Lambert School for the Gifted. And it's not for his brains. His dad is an influential state senator. It's this same connection that lands him a spot on the secretive Chamber of Five, the elite group of students who run the school with a shadow government, tapping into the same lines of powers as their parents.