A Great Read: "Crash" by Jerry Spinelli
Here's a great book to read with your middle-schooler: Crash by Jerry Spinelli. John "Crash" Coogan is a local bully. He never had a problem bullying others until his grandfather's stroke and a new friend make him rethink family and friendship. Spinelli tells the story with easy-to-read narration and spins a tale perfect for young readers.