When I get fed up with my local library's stock of bonnet books and The Cat Who...series, I wander over to the juvenile fiction shelves. This can have mixed results, from bad beach romances to teenage melodrama, but The Secret Zoo is beautiful. Without giving too much away, I will say that the story is dreamlike, more of a fable or fairy-tale than urban fantasy, and wonderfully soothing.
The other interesting thing about reading books from the juvenile section as an adult is that you feel sympathy for both the kid characters and the "annoying" authority figures. It's slightly unsettling, but cool at the same time.