By Michael Chabon.
I can think of only one reason this book wasn't in the children's section, and I'm not sure it's a very good one. Anyways. This is a cute and humorous tale about how the worst baseball player in the history of Clam Island, Washington ends up saving the world... by breaking a window. It has a little bit of everything: elves, sasquatches, giants, tricksters, hot dogs, and mad scientists (well, one at least). Even though I thought a lot of was pretty funny, I don't feel like I really enjoyed it that much in hindsight. It's kind of a light read, but it might entertain you on a rainy day.