When Soren, a barn owl, arrives at St. Aggie's, a school for orphaned owls, he suspects trouble and with his new friend, a clever elf owl named Gylfie, embarks on a perilous journey to save all owls from the danger at St. Aggie's.
When Bailey meets eight-year-old Ethan, he quickly figures out his purpose: to play with the boy, to explore the Farm during summers with the boy, and to tidy the boy's dishes by licking them clean (only when Mom isn't watching). But Bailey soon learns that life isn't always so simple--that sometimes bad things happen--and that there can be no greater purpose than to protect the boy he loves.
Trained as a search-and-rescue dog since puppyhood, Ellie can track and find people who are physically lost, but it is her owners, widower Jakob and lonely Maya, who challenge her to find a way to save people who are lost in other ways.
"Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl C.J., but it won't be easy. Neglected by her mother Gloria, who won't allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly's job is to stay hidden in C.J.'s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. And no matter what Gloria does to separate them, nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves"--Amazon.com.
After Kludd's death, his mate Nyra is determined that her hatchling, Nyroc, will fulfill his father's destiny of viciously oppressing all of the owl kingdomes, but Nyroc, fed by scraps of forbidden legend and news of a place where goodness and nobility reign, defies his mother and his destiny.
"As soon as he sets eyes on CJ, Max knows that she's his girl and quickly figures out his purpose: to show her how to navigate the big city. Being a native New Yorker, Max knows how to take charge, even though he's the smallest dog at the park. At the same time, with CJ's help, Max learns that he doesn't always have to be ferocious--sometimes, he can be 'gentle Max' and make friends"--Amazon.com.
As Nick does last-minute Christmas shopping, he sees several Santas and overhears one retelling the legend of Saint Nicholas, which he takes to heart as he examines his own attitudes towards gift-giving.