Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

"Bridge to Terabithia" is a good coming of age story that introduces students to different types of families and lifestyles. It also discusses the death of someone close to you which many students if they have not already faced will face as they get older. I would use this in  fourth or fifth grade to talk about how everyone has a different background and home life and that it is important to accept how others live.