I used several suggested books from this forum for my fall read alouds, and now I'm looking for some suggestions for our next book. We started off with Frindle (Realistic Fiction), then Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine (Mystery), Chew on This (Nonfiction text about the history of fast food), and just finished My Brother Sam is Dead (Historical Fiction about the Am. Revolution). I love that all of our read alouds were tied into students' writing or social studies, and I'd like to continue that if possible... and I'd also like to try a new genre to continue exposing them to literature they may not choose on their own. A student suggested The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan... I've only glanced at it, but it seems very Harry Potter-esque. My students also just did a Newbury Award-winner book report so I'm hoping for something a bit more obscure. I've also heard that the City of Ember and Coraline are interesting, but I've not read them myself.