Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story of cocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan. "My real name is John. John Coogan. But everybody calls me Crash, even my parents." Seventh-grader John 'Crash' Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family. Read a sample.