Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. A bestseller that takes readers on a journey to New York of the Belle Epoque, where Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find the daughter of the house at home. Thus begins the love between the middle-aged Irishman and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying.
The last thing Jess Aarons wants is to talk to the new girl, Leslie Burke. But Leslie is his neighbor, and she wants to be friends. Soon they are spending every day together after school, in the woods behind their homes, creating an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia. With Leslie's imagination, and Jess's art skills, it's not hard. But one day, a terrible tragedy occurs, and Jess must put to use all the strength and courage that Leslie, and Terabithia, have given him.