The Water of Life, by the Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812.
This is such a good story, but it doesn't often make it into Grimms Fairy Tale collections. Maybe because of its length? Anyway, this story has everything: action, suspense, deceit, peril, gold, and a beautiful princess.
Down Comes the Rain, by Franklyn Branley, illustrated by James Hale, Harper Collins, originally published in 1963.
This is a very good book for learning about the water cycle. I do wish the author had used all three terms of the water cycle, though. "Precipitation" is conspicuously absent. This book also contains a very good description of how hail is formed.
The Prince of Ravenscars, by Catherine Coulter, G.P. Putnam and Sons, 2011.
I bought this book for a dollar at my local thrift store. I want my dollar (and four hours of my life) back.
If you have ever been wondering was a strangely-written, poorly-researched, badly-edited historical story with a plot so ridiculous it borders on insane would read like, this is the book for you. There are flashes of brilliance and sparks of repartee that are sharp enough to slay, so this novel isn't a torturous waste of time, but it is a waste of time, all the same.