White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick. A favourite first foray into young adult gothic horror.
Room: Emma Donoghue Worth the read. Mother kidnapped and held in a room for seven years. Has a child and raises him to believe the room is the whole world, until escape. Through the eyes of the five year old.
As everyone know, this is brill.
The Road Home by Rose Tremain lovely book about Lev who travels from Eastern Europe by bus to England and how he learns to speak English and against the odds puck up new skills for his future.