Daniel Mason "The Piano Tuner". Quite an interesting story, written by a young American author about colonialism, history, music, plants. If you like stories about this part of the world or set in a historical environment, you will enjoy this book.
Tell Me The Stories of Jesus (blog post) - "She spent hours putting together a book for each of her children. Not a genealogical history or a scrapbook of her life. No. It was a collection of the stories of Jesus."
SUB PLANS: In your sub binder put the book "Miss Nelson is Missing" and have the substitute read the book to your class. Have the children then write a story about where they think you are while you are out from school. I can only imagine how funny and creative these stories will be!
The Lost Wife ~ This book will live with me forever. Though I could not put it down, there were times it was hard to pick it up and continue. The author wove a story around actual events that pulled you in on the first page and did not let you go. Not even at the end.