The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
I was in middle school when I first read this book and still to this day, it is one of my favorites. And like I do with all amazing books I read, I then read all I could find written by the same author. Reading this book will breathe life into these characters, and they will be lifted off the page and come alive in your imagination.
To assist you in reading this poignant novel, written by Hinton when she was only sixteen, (yeah--impressive, right?) I included a link to the complete text. Try not to devour this book too quickly so you can savor all it has to offer. Bon appetite!