The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay . "I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slum-house mystic and the man who broke her heart." So begins The Virgin Cure, a novel set in the tenements of lower Manhattan in the year
LOVED this book - takes a view of the birthing process before hospitals - making that transition from midwives to doctors and all the tradition that came before it. Very awesome and the story is based in Canada! Extra points for Canadian stories :)
Before I Go To Sleep by S. Watson - "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me.
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.