Whether it's MG, YA, adult crossover, fiction or nonfiction, I love a book that surprises me.
NOTE: Although I may be best known for fantasy and SF, I've acquired and edited books across all genres and ages.
Twisted - Laurie Halse Anderson AMAZING from a boys view! this book is good but Its was a bit upsetting to me how this boy was treated and accusations around this kid and how he stays very positive amazed me.
The Painted Boy by Charles De Lint. High-schooler Jay Li finds himself in the Arizona desert performing dangerous feats as part of his journey to prove himself a worthy member of the part human, part dragon Yellow Dragon Clan.
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (Grades 7 & up). Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.