Members of the Critter Club are all excited about their summer plans until Liz learns that, instead of taking an art class, she will have to be in summer school to improve her math skills, but a fun teacher, a classroom pet, support from her friends, and advice from her brother might get her through.
After winning the lead role in a play, acing a spelling test, and finding money, second-grader Ellie wonders if the Critter Club animal shelter's newest animal--a little pink pig--is bringing her good luck.
As her friends in the Critter Club animal shelter care for colorful aquarium fish, second-grader Liz and her family spend a long weekend at the beach, where Liz rescues a baby octopus and competes with an unfriendly young neighbor in a sand castle contest.
When Marion finally gets the chance to babysit her little sister, she finds that the task is harder than she expected, especially when she gets called to the Critter Club to help with a stray cat and must bring Gabby along.
"Amy has never liked being in the spotlight. When all her friends decide to form a team for the Santa Vista Quiz Bowl, Amy's not so sure. She knows she can answer the quiz questions...but can she do it in front of hundreds of people? Meanwhile, The Critter Club is caring for some chickens who need a home. As the Quiz Bowl approaches, Amy herself starts feeling just a little bit chicken!"--
"Ellie has always wanted to go to wedding, and her hopes finally come true when her cousin asks her to be a flower girl at her wedding. Then the Critter Club gets the cutest guest Ellie has ever seen: a little French bulldog. Ellie works hard to find a home for the puppy, but she's worried she won't be able to. Suddenly she has an idea that will guarantee that the puppy lives happily ever after!"--
When Ellie joins a softball team, she quickly realizes that the sport is harder than it looks! Is she meant only for the stage, not the field? And what happens when Ellie goes searching in the woods near the field for a stray ball and finds an injured baby deer?!