So many books, so little time...

We are a family of bookworms! This is Gabe's senior year, and kind of our 'last chance' to get in the lit. that I think is important before he graduates (not that he won't read after he graduates, but he won't have to read what I tell him to anymore!). I've been scouring high school and college book lists, checking with him on what's been read/not read, and he's got quite a little pile to work on.

My younger two and I still read aloud together nearly every day, and it's actually still my favorite part of the homeschooling day.  Some of the best books we've read together this year have been:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (to my mind, needs no explanation...one of my all-time favorites!)

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck (new to us--humorous, and ended up being another favorite)

Homesick--My Own Story by Jean Fritz (funny too, though there was one sad section where I broke into the 'crying voice'. I can't help it. I'm a big softie)

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (magnificent perspective on a child growing up in Afghanistan...every American child should read this at some point)

I could go on and on..but tell me some of YOUR favorite books for middle schoolers and young adults!