The process of condensing information down to "sound bites" can be a critical thinking skill as you have to diffuse the language without losing any of the meaning. So I found 60Second Recap an interesting way to not only think about introducing new books to students, but also as an alternative to the "book report."
The pick of the week also highlights some current books - and I have already added a few to my wish list!!
Thanks to Dangerously Irrelevent for the tip!