I just read The Candy Shop War and liked it a lot. It is a children's book, so don't expect any exciting romance or intellectual stimulation. The plot moved at a great pace, the characters were realistic and well-developed, and the dialogue was better than many children's books I have read. I also really like Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. I'm currently 30-something on the library waiting list for number three. (Sigh)
I'm pretty sure Brandon Mull was at BYU when I was there (and probably majoring in English, too!) So I'm pretty much personally acquainted with a NY Times best-selling author, right? Actually, I feel closer to Shannon Hale, whose blog I stalk and whose sister is married to a friend from high school. Doesn't that make us practically bosom friends?
I am up for book recommendations, because I go through them pretty quickly when nursing. But you can't recommend Nancy Drew books, because I read all of them (yes, all one bazillion) in the 5th and 6th grade.