Here's a fun book I just found: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, by David Lubar. Its the sometimes funny, occasionally sad story of Scott Hudson, who's trying to survive his first year in high school. Scott's terrified about going to school - and he good reason to be! He get's his lunch money stolen, has to endure gym class hell, gets roughed up, helps a friend who tries to commit suicide, and (just to top things off) he finds out his mom is pregnant!
But things do turn around for Scott. He tries out for the school newspaper, learns some valuable lessons in life from a cool English teacher, and ends up making some good new friends. I like how hard the book tried to stay true to the "experience" of going to high school for the first time. If you're looking for something good to read, you can't go wrong with this little gem!