Camp Burlwood, a luxurious retreat on Buck Rack Lake, deep in the Adirondack Mountains, is now open to wealthy vacationers. But Horace Wainsborough, who has sunk his entire savings into the camp, is distraught because a gang of unidentified teenage boys is causing havoc throughout the property. And then one of his first visitors is kidnapped.
A hidden tunnel. A mysterious wooden chest filled with gold bars. Eleven-year-old Benny Dogsbody and his friends must unlock the secrets that lie beneath the Dogsbody Hardware Store or else Benny’s father will spend the rest of his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Waters doesn’t want to be a pirate. But after meeting an attractive girl on a pirate-themed cruise ship and agreeing to hold on to an ancient coin for her, he finds himself mysteriously transported to a sloop in the middle of the Caribbean…in 1692. While Tom tries to get back to the twenty-first century, he has to learn how to be a pirate or else he might not last a week.
Jay Giess comically portrays the vagaries of cubicle life, with its hovering quorums, folders filled with birthday cards, and concerns over a few square inches of work space, while deftly showing how the men and women in an office can come together as a family—or not—in response to a violent death.