Aah! I fail at figuring out how to post a comment to the MAKE website. I'm not good at the Interwebs! Other books I think of are:
A Single Shard. An orphan living under a bridge in 12th-century Korea is enthralled by the work of Min, a celadon potter in his village. One day he sneaks into Min's yard and, when caught at the scene, accidentally drops and breaks a clay box. He promises to repay the aging potter by helping him with his work. He endures the tutelage of Min in hopes that someday he will rise above his social standing and make a pot of his own. The Newbery Medal winner in 2002.
Afternoon of the Elves. Hillary, who belongs to the popular crowd at school, befriends her outcast neighbor when the two build (or rather, "expand") an elf village made of leaves, rocks, an old bicycle wheel, and other trash in Sara-Kate's overgrown backyard. Are the elves real like Sara-Kate claims? Why doesn't Hillary ever see Sara-Kate's parents?
The Witch of Blackbird Pond. A young woman of high society is forced to leave plantation life in Barbados to begin Puritan life in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Kit learns how to card wool, dip bayberry candles, and mix a disaster version of corn pudding. The Newbery Medal winner in 1959.
And of course, let us not forget all the making that happens in The Hunger Games trilogy, especially in Catching Fire when -- oh, no spoilers. :-) The Hunger Games books are better-suited for young adults, as some of the themes are quite mature.