Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
“This darkly poetic, tragic story set in South Africa in the middle of the 20th century made me, as a white teenager, confront, really for the first time, the Jim Crow southern United States in which I lived. The language is beautiful, and the story summons readers to question society’s dictums and search their own souls.”
Recommended by Katherine Paterson, the author of many children’s books, including Jacob Have I Loved ($7, amazon.com) and Bridge to Terabithia ($7, amazon.com).
To buy: $28, amazon.com.