Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, 2003.
In case you were wondering whether a fat working-class girl with a hearing impairment could be a princess, the answer is no.
Shannon Hale, Princess Academy, 2005.
The Book of Esther meets Heidi. Yes, including Peter and the goats.
Blue Balliett, The Wright 3, 2006.
Charming, as must be any book in which a major plot point revolves around the box of free books outside Powells. Interesting sensitive touch on the awkwardness of mixed-sex friendships in sixth grade. Alas for the "Bach symphony" moment, however.