1. Kira-Kira by Cynthia KadohataKira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book) [Hardcover]
One of the most underrated young adult novels of all time, Kira-Kira tells the story of two sisters, Katie and Lynn, the daughters of Japanese immigrants. As the family faces unending adversity, Katie reminds herself of the Japanese idea of “Kira-Kira,” to recognize that there is always a silver lining. Although it won a Newbery Medal, Kira-Kira is fairly unrecognized, but definitely worth the read.Buy it from Amazon
While told from a dog’s perspective, Garth Stein’s tale is an in-depth tale of strength, growth, and love. It also details that bond animal-lovers struggle to explain: the relationship between a dog owner and their beloved pet. Although the book received very few accolades, its emotional plot and descriptive language definitely deserve more attention.
A widely-acclaimed book in Ireland, The Glorious Heresies tells the story a murder, and how four outsiders find themselves intrinsically connected because of the crime. Mcinnerney has been considered “the most talented writer at work in Ireland today,” but very few have heard of her work in the United States. The story is original, beautifully written, and extremely accurate in its portrayal of the intricacies of our complicated world.Buy it from Amazon