Just finished some pleasure reading, a young adult book for girls that I think boys will enjoy just as much (and adults, too): The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It has the lyrical qualities of a fairy tale, and it's long enough to surround the reader in another world, long enough to make that world seem real and go-to-able.
By the way, my copy of The Dangerous Book for Boys arrived this past week, and I look forward to diving in. I noticed there is also a book for girls, but haven't checked that out yet.
Which reminds me: I need to make some real progress on the story for my niece. I've added some scenes she hasn't read yet, but I promised to have the little notebook filled by October, and I'm just not sure (shock, horror) where the story's going to go from here.
I'm hand-writing it in a small, spiral-bound notebook with conveniently numbered pages; so, aside from my terrible penmanship, it's almost like reading a real book. Now, if only I could tell a real story!