Pacy and her family go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's sixtieth birthday, and Pacy is excited when her parents sign her up for a Chinese painting class, but she cannot speak the language and struggles to make friends and understand the teacher's instructions.
In a world where every word and gesture in copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.
It's been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective.
Princess Mera is teenaged royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. Her entire kingdom is expecting her to marry, but Mera is destined to wear a different crown. When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control over her own destiny.
Rogan Weber is an obsessed gamer, whose motto, ego sum maximus, declares his confidence in his own abilities. His parents are also deeply involved in ultra high tech (a little too deeply sometimes). Naturally he is thrilled to receive an invitation to join a tech giant's virtual reality TV gaming contest, but as the games becomes more intense and dangerous, he and his fellow gamers realize that something sinister is behind this particular game.
When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends-and possibly, one day, even sisters.
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince. But all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.