How often does it happen that you read two winners in a row? In this case, both books were ones that I had eagerly anticipated, so I shouldn't be surprised, but it's such a nice feeling...And, incidentally, these would both make great middle-grade "boy" reads.
After Ever After is the very worthy sequel to Sonnenblick's Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. This one focuses on Jeffrey, who is now an eighth-grader in remission from leukemia. Despite some serious issues and sad events, After Ever After is a very funny book that will have you rooting for Jeff from the beginning. (And you don't need to have read the first one to enjoy the sequel, but I guarantee that you will want to after finishing this one!) Another book I love by this author is Notes from the Midnight Driver. He writes great books for those in-between kids who want more mature reads without the edginess.
Cosmic is the latest by Boyle, author of Millions and Framed. You will love Liam, a 12-year-old who can pass for an adult because of his "mutant" height and his facial hair, and who -- after a series of very amusing events -- ends up the sole "adult" in charge of a group of kids in space! He also learns a thing or two about being "dadly." A great adventure made all the more enjoyable by Liam's wry voice.
What winners have you read lately?