The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. A friendship between a wealthily boy and the son of his father's servant. Moving but would be even more difficult to read now than it was several years ago (when I read it), given that the book is set in Afganistan.
Bel Canto is one of those books that completely transports you into another world. The characters, the setting and emotions evoked are wonderful. I have since read everything Ann Patchett has written - but Bel Canto remains my favourite
The giver- my teacher made me read this book in like the or grade. i still remember it and it was actually not that bad- it got the attention of a middle school student so it had to be at least decent you figure. but i enjoyed it and i recommend it.