Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian
Because it’s based on a true story.
Because it’s horrible that the Ottoman Turks massacred the Armenians and it’s horrible that more people don’t know about it.
Because Vahan, the protagonist, goes from a 12 year old child to a 15 year old young man and I never noticed the transition.
Because he perseveres through hell and I’m not sure how he did it.