To the left of me: Blindfold Game by Dana Stabenow.
"Very big boom." Kyle relaxed a little. "Is that realistic?" "You tell me, Kyle," Hugh said, his voice hard."
To the right of me: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars by Daniel M. Pinkwater.
"Absolutely, yes sir, this very day sir," Samual Klugarsh said. "Can I run out and get you som more hot chocolate? A cheeseburger? The contents of my savings account?"