I was also lucky enough to get to meet Chris Grabenstein, who is my newest hero. Here's a link to his website. His book "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" is SO MUCH FUN and so stuffed with literary references that it's hard to imagine that ANYONE wouldn't like it. On his website, you can find a funny little book trailer.
I also got to meet Lisa Graff. If you haven't read her books, you need to drop everything right now and go and find some! She is the master of the plot twist. Some of my students suggested that I read the Candymakers, but I couldn't grab it quick enough on our book fair (the kids bought them all before I had a chance to read one!). Here's the book trailer for that one.
I also loved "Sophie Simon Solves Them All" and "Double Dog Dare". My favorite one, though, is her latest one, which is called "A Tangle of Knots"
I read two of her older books this week too. I read "That thing about Georgie" which is about a boy who is a dwarf and is trying to figure out middle school and friends and that kind of thing. That's going to be a great one to pair up with "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio and "Out of my mind" by Sharon Draper. I also read "Umbrella Summer" which is about a girl coping with the loss of her brother. The book is a lot more fun than it sounds like it would be.
Anyway, I love Lisa Graff's writing and I hope you'll run out and buy some of her books!