When a mysteries letter comes inviting Emma to the Freke Family Reunion, to be held at a campground in the wilds of Wisconsin, Emma things she may just find out why she is the way she is. But once she meets the other Frekes, things aren’t at all what she expected.
12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good.
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
A mysterious postcard leads Lisa and Nilly from Oslo to Paris in search of Doctor Proctor but, once there, all they find of their missing friend is a time-traveling bathtub powered by a special soap and several sinister individuals determined to do all they can to locate the eccentric inventor.