Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
An amazing adventure story that will touch your heart and enlighten your world view. This is the story of a young slave boy from Barbados and how his life is upended by and adventure-seeking naturalist who takes him on as his apprentice. Uneducated but very intelligent, Wash is the perfect boy for the job (and he fits nicely in a hot air balloon). This book is beyond description - just read it!!