This book, more than another, contributed to my love of reading. I can still remember reading this book when I was about 13 or 14 at the recommendation of the local librarian. I can still conjure the feelings that filled my chest when reading the book and the sadness I felt with the tragedy. Since I have been thinking about my 10 favorite books, I had to add this one. Regardless of what I read in the future, this one will always be in the top ten because I can't imagine a being impacted by a piece of fiction like I did while reading this many many summers ago.