Wow! I just began reading my first Digital Novel and I can see how it might connect with our Twenty First Century students! Maybe it would connect with you also. Locate it at http://www.inanimatealice.com/ i am not sure of the grade level, but it is an experience that might give you new ideas and insights.
The entire blog post that introduced me to this digital novel can be found at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/transmedia-digital-media-storytelling-laura-fleming Edutopia is a great site if you want to be challenged to be teaching for the 21st century.