The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne (teen fiction). Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch: Easily the most heroic, admirable character that I've ever come across in reading. And Boo! My children know my love of Boo, thus their many nicknames!
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Come to think of it.anything by Steinbeck. One can always learn more about writing by rereading Steinbeck. Even after teaching this one about 50 times, I still love it.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in South Carolina in The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.
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