1. Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell: A chronicle of the year 1982 for a 13-year-old boy in rural Great Britain. Half-way through; it's fabulous.
2. Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt: A companion of sorts to The Wednesday Wars, which I loved. Lots of buzz.
3. The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht: The best reviewed book of the year so far. Obreht was born in the former Yugoslavia and grew up in the U.S. She is 25 years old.
4. Palestine, by Joe Sacco: A graphic novel documenting Sacco's experiences visiting the region in 1991-2.
5. Holes, by Louis Sachar: The beloved middle grade novel.
6. Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Septys: A historical Young Adult novel about Baltic peoples forcibly removed from their homelands under Stalin and sent to Siberian prison camps. A sad story, one would imagine.