Maxi’s Secrets by Lynn Plourde

Timminy is a very special short boy who is about to begin middle school in a new town, a school where his dad is an assistant principal.  He quite accurately predicts that he is going to be an easy target for the school bully Rory, and relies on his new dog Maxi to provide much needed companionship.  When the family discovers that Maxi is deaf, Tim's efforts to help the dog lead to a new friendship with a blind classmate, Abby, a girl who certainly does not sit around feeling sorry for herself.  The perfect book for readers 9+ who love characters with the strength to overcome obstacles and form friendships of both the human and canine type.