7/18/12 ** Found this ARC (even though it's been out forever!) in my stash of donated books. Think True Story of the Three Little Pigs
, but a realistic fiction middle grade novel. Max is the narrator - he's misunderstood: It's not really his fault that Triffin Nordstrom (read Nerdstrom) got pushed out the emergency exit and left behind on a school field trip to the Cake Factory. It's not his fault that he threw another kid's basketball over the fence.
Max is a bully. Through some creative parenting, he begins spending time with one of his victims, leading to growth on the part of both boys. This will lead to interesting conversations about how a bully might perceive his practical jokes and how the victims feel. It might be a good next step after Wimpy Kid
or provide a bridge to the Joey Pigza