They dont have the vocabulary to verbally insult anyone so they just resort to bulleying
I wouldnt worry about it. In five or ten years you'll be employing them.
Anyways i just finished a book called Year of Wonders. its about a village that quarantines itself during the Plague. Its written by a british author and is very good.
Gail Tsukiyama has quite a number of novels i recommend as well, particularly The Samurai's Garden. Haven't read it in ages and I'm pretty sure it's a fairly easy read, but still a beautiful story.