Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka BruntRead about another entry on the list.
June Elbus is 14 in 1987, the year her beloved uncle Finn, a kindhearted painter living in NYC, dies of AIDS. At the time, the little-understood illness was highly stigmatized, and Finn’s death causes a rift in June’s family; her parents blame his heretofore secret boyfriend, Toby, and June no longer connects with her changeable older sister. But June and Toby unexpectedly begin to lean on one another during their time of mutual grief, building a friendship that helps assuage each other’s loneliness.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home is among James Mustich's top five books ready to be brought to the silver screen.