Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer Why? Nonfiction account of weather and mountain climbing mixed with decision making. Cons: Mountaineering may not appeal to reader and death occurs.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ively: In Alaska, 1920 a couple is drifting apart. They use the first snowfall to build a child from snow. The next day the snow child is gone, but they catch a glimpse of a little blonde girl in the woods.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book is freakin' fantastic. Interesting-- fascinating even-- and thoroughly informative. It is about the woman who had the first immortal cells-- and who changed medicine as we know it.
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Hill--would this work with Kyle? Wills Wyma, Great book about establishing a sense of responsibility in your children. LOVE this book!