Heart-wrenching, emotional and compelling, or overly
sentimental, navel-gazing and insipid? You make up
mind, but remember, keep those tissues ready!!

The boy in the striped pyjamas
by John Boyne (2006)
The cry of the wolf
by Melvin Burgess (1989)
Goodnight Mister Tom
by Michelle Magorian (1981)
A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)

The book thief
by Markus Zusak (2005)

The thing about jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin (2015)

by Sarah Crossan (2015)
Jennie of White Peak Farm
by Berlie Doherty (2003)
If I stay
by Gayle Forman (2009)
First book in the If I stay series

by Susanne Gervay (2001)


Dear Vincent
by Mandy Hager (2013)
Red tears
by Joanna Kenrick (2007)
Secrets in the fire
by Henning Mankell (1995)
First book in the Sofia series

by Patricia McCormick (2000)

Never fall down
by Patricia McCormick (2012)
by Patricia McCormick (2006)
A child called "It"
by Dave Pelzer (1995)

Blue skies and gunfire
by K.M. Peyton (2006)
My sister's keeper
by Jodi Picoult (2004)
The lovely bones
by Alice Sebold (2002)

Drums, girls, and dangerous pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

by Elie Wiesel (1958)
First book in the Night series

Refugee boy
by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)

The five people you meet in heaven
by Mitch Albom (2003)

A voice in the distance
by Tabitha Suzuma (2008)