The Yearling will make you cry. Though it's technically children's literature, the content appeals to a broader audience. The novel is of the same ilk as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows. Without witches, without vampires, without futuristic utopias gone bad, The Yearling captures the angst of coming of age. Set in central Florida when it was a wild, unforgiving landscape, the book tenderly examines the challenges a boy faces as he crosses the threshold to manhood. If you missed out on reading this book as a kid, read it now.
Examine your bookshelf or your memory and leave a suggested Y book in the comments.