A splendid concoction - very like the Percy Jackson books, but not copies - and with Indian mythology rather than Greek. We know a 13-year-old who'll be getting this series for his birthday (but I'll finish it myself first).
The Tale of Castle Cottage, by Susan Wittig Albert
A vast improvement on the last book in this series, but not as good as the early ones. I think it stayed on the right side of the twee line, but then I am so fond of the idea of Beatrix Potter solving crimes in a village filled with animals that talk to each other like they were Beatrix Potter characters, that I have a lot of willingness for these. Also I tend to enjoy authorial intrusions if they're done with warmth.
The Battle Bunny Book, by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, and Matthew Myers
A sappy kid's book altered by an imaginary kid to become an epic tale involving many battles and the kid himself being needed to save the day. Really fun.
Jane, the Fox and Me, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
I have a soft spot for stories set in Montreal, but even without that, this would have pleased me deeply. Dreamlike and imaginative, without eliding the pains of middle school.
Monument 14: Savage Drift, by Emmy Laybourne
An exciting and satisfying conclusion to this man-made disaster trilogy. I confess I miss the hook of the kids being stuck in the superstore, but there was more than enough drama to make up for it.