We used to read Paul Jennings' short stories here at chez nous. The Sydney Morning Herald has an article on him and his most recent book, The Next. Notice that it's recommended for readers 15+. I like that. That's a group I think gets lost in the book marketing stampede.
Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame, gave a talk on creativity back in November. My main interest is the part on views of creativity at different periods in history and the Ruth Stone story. Have I ever mentioned that my friend Pam says one of Ruth Stone's daughters was in our eighth grade math class? (I do remember her, but only from that one class.) Ruth Stone lives in one of the six or seven towns that sent kids to our union high school, so it's possible. None of us knew who Ruth Stone was then, though.
And Happy Kid! received a lovely review from a middle school library blog.