As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner- the stories of family members as their mother is dying and their journey to bury her. Each chapter is told by a different person. Slightly confusing but with beautiful language.
Seed folks by Paul Fleischman - centered around a city garden, many people tell their stories. Very short. One my mom bought for everyone.
Speak* by Laurie Anderson- realistic teen fiction- something I absolutely loathe, however, I could deal with this. A short important book dealing with the topic of rape. Some public high school programs have even begun to include it in their required reading.
Tangerine by Edward Bloor- about high school, moving, soccer, friends, family relationships, life, hope; not a long read, also a chinaberry book at one point. His later book, Crusade, wasn’t as good. Unlike most of the books above, there is a male protagonist, though it is good for everyone.
Holes* by Louis Sachar- don’t really like this author much but this book is amazing. The movie goes by the book pretty well (it passes Anna-Marika standards which is rather amazing). Stories span generations and are interwoven. Has its funny parts, spiritual parts, good all around. The sequel is crap and shouldn’t be bothered with.