Faran: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I read it often to my kids. Every time I get to the end where the “boy” sits upon the tree, I feel like I’m about to cry.
Cathy: Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunfrey by Margaret Petersen Haddix. It’s one of those books where I wasn’t sure I could read it straight through and maybe I had to peek at the end just to make sure everything was going to be okay. The main character, Tish, is left to care for her little brother when their mother abandons them. Tish’s English teacher has assigned a journal which Tish usually marks that her teacher shouldn’t read it. I felt so much anxiety for Tish and her little brother. It really got to me.
Melody: I have two books that I’d like to mention. War and Rembrance by Herman Wouk, which is set during World War II (I re-read it every few years), and Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, which won this year’s National Book Award for Young Adult fiction.
Joanne: The story that made me cry the most was a movie called The Mission. In it a Jesuit priest is sent over a waterfall tied to a cross by the “savages” he was sent to tame. It turns out the people weren’t really savage at all. I cried for the priest who was convinced by his church this was the right thing to do, and I cried for the native people whose lives were ruined by the intrusion into their way of life. At one point I was sobbing so loudly that my husband closed the windows because he was worried the neighbors would think there was something wrong.
Jonathan: I have a feeling that I’m not the only one with this, but I can’t and won’t, ever read Bridge to Terabithia again. Made the mistake of seeing the movie years ago, and it had the same result. That is it for me. No more visits to Terabithia.