I guess you'd say this is the first year I am teaching in my field--nearly 20 years after graduating from college (long story). I'm playing catch-up. When my students presented me with a gift card for Christmas, I chose to spend it on purchasing some recent Newbery books. The first one I read was When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead--2010 Newbery winner. I think I was expecting a mystery, but the science fiction element surprised me. I chuckled at some of the 70's references (I was born in 1970).
or reread--I THINK I read it when I was an adolecent) A Wrinkle in Time. This corresponds well with that novel's 50th anniversary. In fact, I've started a book club with my students--A Wrinkle in Time will be the book we discuss in late April. Of course, I will recommend that students follow up by reading our more contemporary When You Reach Me.
I suspect the reading level and interest level of this book is between 5th-8th grade.