Hmmm, looks like I'm a little behind on the Review part of my book review blog.
Just finished Pullman's I Was a Rat! and just started The Emerald Atlas...
update: Gave up on "Emerald" -- too derivative? too "throw everything in from every kid lit book"? -- but started two so far good ones Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper, recommended by one of my brilliant students, and The Search for WondLa which I've been eying for a while now. Still no time to read/review much, 3 more weeks of school + stressing about a job for next year, but good to get a start on something.
Also highly recommended, which I pass along to you, by a brilliant student: Smile by Raina Telgemeier, graphic novel great for pre-teen and teens girls and anyone about to get braces.