I just re-read this book of Lois Lowry's in light of the Hunger Games trend, and I must say that this book is beautifully done. For more info, check out my review at Goodreads. (click the picture to read it)
The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific
To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee - One of my all time favorite books and movie adaptations, and I get something out of it with each reading. This is storytelling in rare form; Lessons are scarce in today's reality TV atmosphere. This is a book that will help you escape.