Shooting ghost bears? Twelve-year-old Trina Bell has finally had enough. Why should she spend another dull summer watching Great-Aunt Roswinda play lawn bowling, while her father has all the fun? This year, she won’t let him get away with the usual excuses. To her surprise, she succeeds. Her dad, the famous wildlife photographer, agrees to take her to the Canadian rainforest, on a quest for the elusive Kermode bear. Trina’s triumph is short-lived, however; soon she finds herself in a city on Vancouver Island, dumped in a strange apartment building that may not be what it seems. But when she befriends Moss, the three-legged dog living across the street, and becomes involved in a mysterious case of vanishing hummingbirds, events take an astonishing turn . . .
Thirteen-year-old EZ Taylor knows that his soccer team, The StrikerZ, has the talent to be Champions. EZ and his teammates even dream of turning pro for the top clubs in Europe. But who will ever
see them play? The tough kids from small-town Nova Scotia, don't even own uniforms or cleats. And they've never competed in a League game. Some of them don't even know where their next meal will
come from, or if they'll have a sober parent when they get home.
Fred Jones, a wealthy business man, knows these kids because he used to be like them. When he meets EZ, Lukas and Danny at summer camp, he vows to give The StrikerZ the opportunities they need to succeed. But The StrikerZ learn that money alone won't fix every problem. Sometimes you have to change what's inside to become a winner. (Recommended Ages: 9 to 13)