The first one that comes to mind is The Giver. Warning for anyone who has not read the book or seen the movie this is a SPOILER, actually my whole answer here is a SPOILER just so you know SPOILER ALERT, don’t say you haven’t been warned 🙂 . The first year I taught the book after I had my son when Jonas learns that release is human euthanasia while watching the video of his father kill the smaller of two twins. I couldn’t even read it to the kids. I was bawling and the Title 1 teacher who co-taught with me had to take over and read. I have always struggled with that section but this was worse. I am an easy cryer when it comes to books though so the list of books that have made me cry could go on and on. I did the same thing while reading the beginning of Night by Eli Weisel to my class, when the Nazis use babies as target practice, yep again couldn’t read it I was crying too much. When Johnny dies in The Outsiders, when Fred dies in HP, and Tonks and Lupin, well almost the whole Battle of Hogwarts outside of cheering for Molly Weasley when she takes on Bellatrix.
Before mentioning a book that made me cry, I must warn you that I cry at everything. Just the other day listening to a Michael Buble Christmas CD in the car (per my daughter’s request), Silent Night made me cry. Of course I was thinking of my husband, and how he won’t be home for Christmas this year, but the tears came and I know it won’t be the only time I cry before the holidays are over. Tuesdays With Morrie is one of the best books I’ve ever read. There was so much life, and wisdom that Morrie had to give – Mitch Albom (a popular sports writer), wrote story about his favorite teacher and mentor. We all need someone like that in our lives. I also cried reading The 5 People You Meet In Heaven – and I recommend reading both of them, with a box of kleenex within reach!