.Twelve-year-old wise-cracking shrimp Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch is delighted when he wins a part in a television commerical until his classmates begin to poke fun at him and he finds himself miscast in the class play
Longing for excitement in spite of having good friends and books, an 11-year-old resident at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls accompanies a mysterious adventurer to Washington D.C. before discovering his plot against the president.
Nate's crush on Ruby and the upcoming annual Mud Bowl are complicated by a scrap with Randy Betancourt that makes headlines in the "Weekly Bugle" and results in detentions that end up being the least of his worries!
Resolving to avoid high school clichés, friends Dave and Julia maintain a list of everything they vow to never do, but he has already broken a rule by secretly pining for her, a situation complicated when Julia suddenly decides to break every rule.
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds while outmaneuvering a drama queen and a saboteur who become her unlikely friends and allies during a painful challenge.