Of Mice and Men Author:John Steinbeck A parable of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss, Of Mice and Men is a powerful and moving portrayal of two men striving to understand their own unique place in the world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other -- and a dream. A dream that one day they will ha... more »ve some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie -- struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy -- becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes, friendship and a shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work.« less
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Short enough to entice a reluctant reader to pick it up. This is one that you just have to read. Definitely recommend it for kids. If they can make it past the first few paragraphs they'll love it! Steinbeck is just awesome!