Some 15 years ago I read a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Last month I saw it for sale in a book shop (still in print!) and I had to buy it for some friends for Christmas. I also had to read it again before I gave it to them and surprised myself just how much I remembered.
Jonathon Livingston Seagull is a story about a seagull called Jonathon Livingston. Jonathon isn't like other seagulls who worry only about fighting for food. Jonathon loves flying. He loves it so much he dedicates himself to improving. This relatively short story (I think you could read it in an hour, perhaps two) is beautifully written, beautifully told and in my mind as significant a read for young people as "Of Mice and Men" (which we had to read in English lessons in secondary school). The story is simply inspiring. Jonathon Livingston Seagull is one of those books that if you mention it to one person, someone else nearby will probably join in with "Jonathon Livingston Seagull, fantastic story".
The next day I had a text message from my friend "Gorgeous story, had to stay till 1 as couldn't stop. Fab!" If I ever get these Rootie Ratings(tm) sorted, Jonathon Seagull will get top marks.