As Grace and her classmates study foods from other cultures, she has the opportunity to ponder such mysteries as whether Owen 1 is really bad or not, why she feels jealous when her father helps her best friend with her hot dog report, and how Augustine Dupre, her family's French boarder, can be so wise.
When a struggling student teacher assigns a group project, seven-year-old Just Grace gets so involved in working with Grace W. and Grace F. that she fails to understand why she and her best friend, Mimi, are drifting apart.
Lots of exciting things are happenign to Grace and her friends. Mimi's older cousin is coming to stay iwth Mimi and it will be her birthday while she is here. Also, Miss Lois' class is going green. Other exciting events involve flaming onion rings, talking carpets, water bottle animals and a squirrel named Willoughby.
Emily's life in junior high school and at home is revealed as she uses the journaling flashcards her Aunt Chester sent as a birthday gift to help sort through changing friendships, possible boyfriends, and her mother's obsession with nutty desserts.
"When Morgan and Lewis receive a cryptic letter and a key from Mr. Lee, they get to see more of his life-like costume creations. Robots, aliens, and Sasquatches abound and the big question through it all is--what's real and what's pretending to be real?"-