Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (The Missing Book One)
Here's the booktalk I use on my tweens (and teens!):
A plane lands out of the blue. No one knows where it came from or where it was going, and once they get on board, the only passengers are babies. Now, thirteen years later, Jonah and his friend Chip are starting to recieve letters that say "you are one of the missing" and "beware."
Such a great premise and an easy sell. After I book talk it, the hold list jumps up like crazy. Plus, Margaret Peterson Haddix is the queen of tween suspense and her books are always flying off the shelf. Found is the first in a series and Sent just released last month. I can't wait to read it, but I'm number 22 on our library hold list, so it'll be awhile! A great read for anyone looking for suspensful mystery.
Robot Dreams is a recent discovery for me, even though it's been out for a couple of years now. It's a graphic novel that's told entirely in pictures-almost no text at all. It tells the story of Dog who wants a friend, so he purchases a robot. But while at the beach, Robot gets in the water and becomes rusted and Dog has to leave. The two spend the next year reflecting on their friendship and having various adventures-real or dreamed.
I will say this one was a little sad and bittersweet, but it was such a fun, touching story that I couldn't help but enjoy it. It'd be a great introduction to graphic novels, especially for showing just how much emotion can be packed into them.