Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand This biography about WW Two hero, Louie Zamperini, may be my all time favorite. I hope kids aren't discouraged by the number of pages. My son read it in two days and said it might be one of his favorite books.
These Is My Words by Nancy Turner A historical fiction about a woman in the 1800 Arizona Territories. I normally don't like westerns or books written diary form, but I loved this book.
Elenor & Park by Rainbow Rowell A good YA book by an Omaha author who is getting a lot of attention.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee What else can you say about this book? I first read it in high school and have read it over 10 times since. It speaks to me every time.