The Ocean at The End of the Lane is an amazing novel. It's short, but is very well told story about a young boy (who's name is not said). After a very traumatic event at the boy's house, he finds himself welcomed into a small farmhouse where he meets a girl named Lettie Hempstock. She lives with her mother and her grandmother and cherishes a lake that is said to be her 'ocean'. Taking the main character on an adventure, Lettie tells him that she will protect him and to never let go of his hand...
The story is full of interesting twists and turns and something I would definitely recommend.
The Ocean at The End of the Lane