In late seventeenth-century England, eleven-year-old Digory, forced to leave his hometown after his father is lost at sea, becomes an apprentice to the architect Henry Winstanley, who built a lighthouse on the treacherous Eddystone Reef -- the very rocks that sank Digory's grandfather's ship years before.
Darcy Heart O'Hara, a young Irish girl who neglects her chores to observe the beauties of nature and everyday life, shares "family memories" with her homesick parents and siblings after the O'Haras are forced to emigrate to America in the 1840s.
The mummy that Andrew creates for his fifth grade project seems to have special powers and helps him to understand his feelings about himself, his dead mother, and his stepbrother, who he calls Mr. Gifted.
In London in 1735, eleven-year-old Forrest Harper is living with his family at the Tower of London where he helps his father tend the ravens and guard the prisoners. Still, life is lonely. When vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest is delighted, even though the Harpers are only given custody of Maddy, a Scottish Rebel's daughter. Soon a friendship grows between them. But when she is slated for execution, Forrest is faced with a horrifying...
Dominic Cantori is ashamed that he is an orphan, afraid to expose his terrible secret. But one day, accidentally locked in a deserted museum on Ellis Island, the voice of an old Italian immigrant speaks to him from a display, transporting him to Italy in 1908, where he will unlock the secrets of his past.