"Little Sal and her mother travel to the blueberry shrubs to collect berries for making preserves to eat during the winter. In a parallel hike, Mother Bear and Little Bear are eating their way up the hill to 'store up food for the long cold winter.'”
They Cage the Animals at Night - I was read this book in 9th grade in a English class. I then got it in my 20s and read it again. This is a story filled with tragedy and positive endings. Grab some tissues, it will pull your heart-strings.