Odhrán, a sixteen-year-old, has moved from Ireland to start a new life in a strange city. He doesn’t know anyone. But a chance meeting with some strangers is about to change his life forever.
Having played Father Christmas at the local mall for three weeks, Harry has sworn off kids. His ears are ringing from the screams of children forced to sit for photos, and his shins are blue from the kicks of unwilling toddlers. Not to worry. All he has waiting for him at home is an empty house and a frozen dinner.
In The Great Cheese Heist, the finest cheddar cheese produced in England is stolen, and Scotland Yard sends Sergeant Rachel Warren and Inspector Stilton to investigate. The thief left no clues, and as Rachel soon discovers, the case has rather a bad smell about it.
In The Fountain Pen, Meena--a bride in an arranged marriage in 1950s India--moves to live in the town where her new husband works. She met Arvind only twice before the wedding, and she soon learns that he doesn’t listen to music and prefers spicier food than her. He won’t even lend her his fountain pen. How will they ever get along?
In Monkeys on My Mind, a young woman moves to New Delhi to be with her lover only to have her heart broken soon after arriving. To make matters much much worse, monkeys keep stealing all her food.
In The Munro Marathon, a Scottish adolescent is distracted from his studies by football, his pending summer freedom, and Cathy Gentles, the beautiful girl in the short skirt sitting next to him in class.
In Theatrical Spirits, an impoverished man living in a troubled country takes on a new job as custodian of a haunted theater. As civil unrest becomes violent, can the elitist captain of the guard, a patron of the theater, be trusted?
In God Alone Knows, a London-based reverend, who harbors a personal secret from his congregation, visits his ex-wife in Yorkshire in hopes of a fun weekend.
In Dragons, Po Sein, a nine-year-old boy, is sent to fetch a take-out meal by his single mother. To accomplish his task, Po Sein must navigate unfriendly streets, but along the way, he is comforted by visions of beautiful dragons.