The Other Wes Moore- An excellent read about a successful young man who one day found his name in the paper--it was another young man who had a different life experience and was charged with murder. He feels the need to fin out why the two Wes Moores turned out so different. It is sad and fascinating!
Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, The Handmaid's Tale, The Giver (and every dystopian novel ever!) Go Read the books and then watch the movie or TV show again and notice how many important things they left out.
The Sympathizer-- Wow! This was an intense book about war and the many sides of loyalty that get tested and tried. It is about the life of spies and betrayal, and what we are willing to sacrifice and endure for the things we believe in.
Life is So Good-George Dawson-- George is a man (from DFW) who was born the grandson of newly freed slaves. He grew up in the time of segregation and wrote this book at the age of 101. He is amazing!!! He learned how to read at 98 and says it is never to late to learn. This is a great book about seeing life for the beautiful things.
Seedfolk- Paul Fleischman--What happens in an inner city housing development when one young girl plants a flower in the filthy empty lot outside her window? You'll be surprised at the affect it has on her neighborhood.
Les Miserable- Victor Hugo--An incredible story about a man, given ten years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, whose life is changed when someone gives him an unexpected gift. Set during the French Revolution. I love this book about second chances in life and the choices we make. It is about love and war and sacrifice. Truth be told, it is one of my favorite books ever.