A truly epic (used in the actual sense, not the modern sense) book by Richard Adams about of a group of semi-anthropomorphic rabbits who make their way across the English countryside in search of a new home. Though built on a simple concept, it is a grand tale of adventure, full of dynamic characters, intense action, suspense, mythology and mystery.
And it's not just a kid's book. Read it, you'll fall in love with the story of Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry, Dandelion, and El-ahrairah.
Jerky teenage boy: This place blows, lets go!
Librarian: Here, read this book, it's about rabbits.
Boy: Sounds gay, but whatever....
(One week later)
Boy: Holy shit, that book is f**king amazing!
"Wisdom is found on the desolate hillside, where none come to feed." -Lord Frith, Watership Down
A really cool children's fantasy/sci-fi book written by Madeleine L'Engle, published in 1962. It tells the relatively short yet fascinating story of a New England teenage girl who goes on a journey with her brother and friend/boyfriend to save her father. It is a tale of science, love, mystery, good and evil, and portrays a great message of individuality and creativity. It won a Newbery Medal and for good reason, it's awesome!
It is the first in a series of something like 6 or 7 books, all which are good but not as good as the first one.
"You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time