Thoroughly derivative of classic children's stories, but in the best possible ways, and with its own story to tell. I adored it.
Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima
Loads of reprints of wonderful fairy-tale-related stories, very many of which I had read before and was delighted to reread. The few stories that were new to me were also good, and the book is both prettily set and comfortable in the hand (important for bedtime reading!). Lovely all round.
17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter
Ebullient, hilarious, beautifully illustrated book about a small girl who specializes in making trouble. Loved it so much I made three of my friends at work read it:).
Teacher on the Run, by Francis Gilbert
Funny and sometimes heartbreaking. Clumsy in places. The British school system continues to fascinate me.
The Unwritten, vol. 4: Leviathan, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
This was fantastic, albeit not quite as mind-blowingly fantastic as vol. 3. The Sandman influence sat a little heavy on the page at times... but the Paulie Bruckner subplot was brilliant.
The White Dragon, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
Clunky in the places I expected it to be, but very satisfying overall. Suffused with memories - I must've read this book at least half-a-dozen times as a teenager.
Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
I have not fallen so hard for this particular kind of story since I started reading Chris Crutcher in the 10th grade. <3 <3 <3. I was also (strangely) reminded of Beverly Cleary. Before now, I do not think I could have imagined juxtaposing those two authors...
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower, by Professor X
He fell down badly on some social issues (race and class, for eg), and I don't always agree with the rest of his arguments, but I loved huge swathes of this book. The memoirish parts are especially good.