Crash is another great Jerry Spinelli book. Usually his books have a really sad component to them, but this one is pretty mild in that regard. Crash is a boy that crashes through life with little regard for anyone or anything. He’s popular and the star of the football team. He takes special delight in torturing a kid in his neighborhood named Penn because he is a Quaker, wears second hand clothes, and is a vegetarian. Things change suddenly in the middle of his 7th grade year, however, and nothing will ever be the same. Great message and great book.