It’s the End-of-the-Year Games Day at Jeremy’s school, and the second grade classes are having a treasure hunt. All the children are excited . . . except Jeremy. He feels he isn’t good at anything because he is small.
Brian is feeling left out. His mama just had a baby, and no one has time for him anymore. Even worse, when he tries to play with his new brother, his mama says that he’s too big. But, when he wants to do things with his older brother, she says he’s too little. He just doesn’t fit in!
Avery is jealous of her little sister Maggie, and she takes out these bad feelings not only on Maggie, but on Nana and Granddaddy. After apologizing to her grandmother, they discuss how sometimes we can’t control our jealousy, but we can control our reactions to them. We can control how we treat others.
Skylar is excited about her middle-of-the-summer pool party. She knows exactly who she’s inviting: but she will NOT invite Mary Kate. Last spring Mary Kate had a sleepover and she didn’t invite Skylar. Now Mary Kate can see how it feels to be left out.
Camille has moved from Jamaica to Florida. She misses her old home and her new country seems strange. Because of the kindness of her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Finch, Camille learns how important it is to be thoughtful of others.
Ivy and Emma Grace are cousins and best friends, and each thinks she knows the only way to do everything! While working on a flower project with their Aunt Kathy, the girls discover a way to decide how to tell the difference between being helpful, and well, and being a Miss Bossy Pants.
Louisa is explaining to Jada and Charlotte that she is collecting plastic grocery bags for her abuelita so that she can knit them into sleeping mats for the homeless. Her friends think this is a silly idea until they learn more about homelessness and ways to help.
Emily’s younger cousin Jacob has moved from out-of-state to be closer to family. Now, not only does Jacob get into her things, Emily also has to share her Nana and Poppy with him. She has bad feelings in her heart: she’s afraid that now Nana and Poppy might love Jacob more than they love her.
Michael has made a bad choice: a very bad choice. He took a toy from Mr. Belinsky’s store without paying for it. When he and his mama get home, Michael is so upset but doesn’t know what to do. Through his Bible teachings, he comes to a good choice, the right choice.
Melissa is Enrique’s best friend, but he doesn’t want to go to her birthday celebration because it’s a Princess Party! In his heart he knows what choice God would want him to make. Enrique goes and learns that birthday parties are fun no matter what theme they are.
Lilly is frightened because it is her first day at a new school. She wouldn’t describe herself as shy, but neither is Lilly comfortable with making new friends. Lilly goes into another room where she meets Chun Wong, who is also new. From outward appearances, the girls couldn’t be more different. However, they soon discover some very interesting things about each other!
It’s a beautiful autumn in Bell Buckle, but in Winkie Hardy’s heart Knoxville is still home. On a midnight outing with her puppy Laurel, Winkie notices a mysterious light floating in the empty house next door. Some local people say this is Robert Thatcher’s ghost. On Halloween night in 1883, Mr. Thatcher went to his blacksmith shop and never returned. Through solving the mystery and her daily pray
Pastor Steve is upset . . . someone stole the Baby Jesus from the Nativity Scene in front of his church. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his congregation has lost its Christmas Spirit. Can two snowmen, magically transformed by the Santa outfits Pastor Steve places on them, find the Christ Child before Christmas Eve?
Peri is afraid no one will pick her as a friend in her new town Bell Buckle, where she and her father move into a dilapidated house they are turning into an inn. To make matters worse, she’s always losing or forgetting things. By caring for a litter of puppies, Peri hopes to earn back her father’s trust; unfortunately all she gains is trouble when things she is responsible for start to disappear.