Ah, the simple joys of an under funded library! Growing up (in the '90's), I had access to all the very best the '70's and '80's had to offer. This is how I discovered the inestimable Ellen Raskin. She is most known for her Newbery Award-winning novel The Westing Game, but she has three other books. They were out of print for many years and virtually unfindable. Fortunately for the general reading population, Penguin has just reissued them! They are: The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues, and Figgs and Phantoms. All three are wonderfully wacky puzzle mysteries in the style of The Westing Game--and I can't wait to start rereading them!
Moral of the story: Older books can be just as much fun--if not more so--than the newest books. Also, donate to your local library!