Smith, A. (2013). Winger. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Ryan Dean is the most honest fourteen year old I have ever had the pleasure of meeting-or reading, rather. He is a fourteen year old who attends a high school/prep school and is the youngest student there. He plays on the rugby team and is (obviously) the smallest member of the team. He falls in love with his best friend (female) and ends up living in the trouble maker dorm where it is very hard for him to see her. But nevertheless, they admit their feelings for each other in the end. Along the way, though, Ryan Dean learns how cruel people can be and what friendship and love are all about. After reading this, I would recommend it to any student who needs to know what a friend truly is and follow it up with Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe or The throne of glass.