2006 - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
Hanratty and his only friend, Flake, struggle to deal with the nightmare of junior high school--bullying, girls who taunt them, jocks who beat them up, a creepy old man who stalks them, and a disaffected sixth grader who adores them--until their demoralization is transformed into a growing yearning for a deadly revenge.
John Green - "The Fault in our Stars" - according to my teenage daughter this is one of the best books ever written! She thinks, he's about the only one who understands her way of thinking .... will HAVE to read it but she's re-reading for like the seventh time .....
2008 ALEX Awards-- "A graphic novel in which Lester, a recently orphaned boy, is sent to his uncle's farm in Southwestern Ontario, where he befriends a damaged former hockey star and the two escape to a private fantasy world."