Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Come to think of it.anything by Steinbeck. One can always learn more about writing by rereading Steinbeck. Even after teaching this one about 50 times, I still love it.
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive, By Dave Pelzer. First book in a 3 part series of a boy that survived nearly fatal child abuse.I read this when I was way too young to. Psych nurse for a parent = psycho kid for a child ;