Frindle by Andrew Clements (sound recording): I had to listen to a book on disc for an assignment and it had to be for 4-6th graders. This books is perfect. It was cute, short and it made a great point about the English language and how words are created. The story is about a 5th grader who likes to pull pranks on teachers. His best prank ever is in 5th grade in his language class where he tests his teacher's patience and teaching when he creates the word 'frindle' to replace the word 'pen' to describe that writing tool. The story ends happily for everyone - Nick becomes rich off his new word. I admit it, it brought tears to my eyes.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Creepy, creppy, creepy. Both the book and movie (had to compare) are creepy and sinister in ways. Black button eyes for the people in the other world. Coraline would be great for Halloween to scare the bejeezus out of kids.