To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch: Easily the most heroic, admirable character that I've ever come across in reading. And Boo! My children know my love of Boo, thus their many nicknames!
The Catcher in the Rye is the ALLTIME Classic teen book. OK, Holden Caulfield is rich and negative. His time in New York is journey into maturity. Read it. Don't shoot anybody with the book in your pocket or I will revoke your library card!