To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee One of my absolute favourites. I can understand some of the criticisms that have been levelled at it as regards the perceived "white-saviour" theme, but I think it mostly averts that problem, for what my opinion's worth (note: not much). On another note, reading this as a tomboyish kid, I just felt like Scout understood where I was coming from. Also, the moment near the end with Boo Radley still makes me tear up a bit, possibly even more than the outcome of the "main" storyline (I cry at everything, though).