Lucy is an aspiring basketball star and interior designer, and she is certain that she is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She is ready to rule the school as a sixth grader, try out for captain of the the sixth-grade basketball team, and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her older sister, Regina.
"We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful."
That is the motto of the Malone family of Gary, Indiana. Twelve-year-old Deza Malone is the smartest student in her class, told by her teachers that she is destined for a special path in life. Her older brother, Jimmie, is no angel, but he can sing like one, and when he does, people stop to listen.
Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the "chimookoman," white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has: every summer they build a new birchbark house; every Autumn they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snow arrives, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her pesky little brother, Pinch; plays with cute little baby Neewo; and tries to be grown-up
Tomboy Tugs Button and her family are never lucky. That is, until the summer of 1929 and Tugs becomes friends with Aggie Millhouse. Everything changes for Tugs when she enters a race with Aggie and they win the race. When Tugs wins a Brownie camera in the Independence Day raffle she can't believe it. Has the luck of the Buttons finally changed for the better? Tugs also becomes involved in the mystery that surrounds a stranger in town. No one else in town is suspicious of the stranger, but Tugs thinks he is up to no good. Is Tugs making a mistake? Will she solve the mystery s