The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay I would have to say that this is one of the best books I have ever read and it made me a big fan of Courtenay's.
It's the story of Peekay, a young English boy, growing up in South Africa, during WWII. The reader is taken inside Peekay's world and how he deals with racism, growing up and fighting for his dreams. I laughed, cried and smiled through the whole book.