Sound like you have a text frame or graphics frame on top of what you want to select. do either:
1. Seperate parts into various layers and lock them until you have the object in question isolated (then move layers around as neccesary... or
2. Command click on object until bounding bx shows, click and hold on center dot and drag.
When you place one document page into another you are creating a link. This is useful if you want to use the same content in many different documents or many times in one document, and be able to edit in one place and update all instances at once. In your case, however, it would be better to either MOVE the page to the new file, or copy and "paste in place" the content from one file to the other to keep it editable. To make a change in the placed file you must return to the original and edit that.
Appreciate your help once again.... Thanks!