Books that just did not meet the needs of my collection:
Wlater Mosley's 47. Too much fantasy to be considered historical, too much history for fantasy.
Christian Burch's The Manny Files. Good idea, too young for my students.
Tobias Druitt's Corydon and the Island of Monster and Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis. I may reconsider these, since they are heavily historical/mythological, but they didn't grab me. I will try the students who really like The Lightning Thief, and see what they say.
Also read a book about a tv addicted mother who was trying to raise a tv free child. Too much whining for me. It's not that hard to limit screen time. My own children watch very little, but then they read a lot.