Breaking All the Rules
Nine-year-old protagonist Maggie O'Nell is having trouble adapting to life without her father. It’s been one hundred and nine days since he left, and Maggie still doesn’t know where he has gone, why her mother refuses to give her any information, or why her mother never wants to spend time with Maggie anymore.
Using the collection of clues Maggie’s gathered in her secret detective journal, Carlton is able to find her father’s new address on the internet. Taking Carlton along for the trip, when they finally arrive, Maggie finds herself faced with a story she wasn’t expecting, and the daunting realization that things might not go back to the way they were before.
BlindingCarter has messed everything up. His best friend is mad at him. He asked the wrong girl to dance. He got suspended. And the worst part is that no one believes that none of it is really his fault.
Newly diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, Carter is trying to figure out how to cope himself while also keeping his secret from spreading around the school. Navigating the difficult worlds of school, soccer, and family, Carter must learn to deal with the whispers, taunts, and unwanted sympathy when his secret is finally leaked, all while preparing for the championship soccer tournament that is right around the corner.
Determined to prove to his team, his best friend, and also himself that he is just as capable as everyone else, Carter tries his best to help his team win the championship. But when it comes time for the tournament, and Carter is pulled out of his usual spot in the goal and placed in the field, he is not so sure he can do it after all.