Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
“Hearing this book read aloud by my father was perhaps the first time I realized that there could be two ‘right’ ways to solve a problem, and by choosing one, you might betray the other. If Huck had turned Jim in to the authorities, he would have satisfied society’s law at the time but betrayed his own conscience. This theme often appears in my own writing.”
Recommended by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the author of more than 140 books for children and young adults, including the Shiloh trilogy and the Alice series (from $6, amazon.com).
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