Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime. Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden. Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to? All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there. Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town. Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued. The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado. Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises. Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they! (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)
A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems. Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor. When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right. With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart. Recommended for Grades 1 and above.