The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman. I seriously can't believe this is the first Gaiman novel I've read (especially because I LOVED the films Stardust and Coraline based on his works). This grown-up fairy tale is a great intro if you've never read his work--it's short enough to read in an afternoon, but still gives you a taste of his amazing world-building capabilities.
On My Bookshelf: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
In Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon every day is the same as the one before for Madeline; she suffers from an illness that prevents her from any contact with the outside world. But then the boy who moves in next door catches her eye and everything changes. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.