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Book Title: The Misfits|
Date of issue: December 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9781932076110
The author of the book: James Howe
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 818 KB
Edition: Full Cast Audio
Read full description of the books The Misfits:"Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of us. We do it to keep people on their toes. Make 'em wonder. Or maybe we do it because we figure that there's one more kid out there who's going to need a gang to be a part of. A misfit, like us.
...I do not want you thinking that I or Addie or Joe or Skeezie feel sorry for ourselves. We do not. Other people may call us names or think we're weird or whatever, but that does not mean we believe them. We may be misfits, but we're okay. Leastwise, in our own eyes we are, and that's all that really matters."
Middle school sucks. This is a generally accepted fact of life, unless you were one of those people who really loved middle school - which is sad. James Howe remembers this, and The Misfits is a fantastic representation of the whole awful middle school experience.
Four friends, called the Misfits, decide to create a third political party for their school's student council elections. They are comprised of Addie, who is a tall smart girl; Skeezie, who dresses like a 50's gangster; Joe, who is gay; and the narrator Bobby, who is fat. They've spent most of their school careers being called a variety of names by other students, and because of this they create a new political party. They call themselves the The No-Name Party, and their goal is to get kids at the school to stop calling each other names. (apparently, this book actually influenced real schools to create No-Name-Calling weeks, which is pretty cool.)
This is a good book. It's sweet without being cloying, funny without trying too hard, and it has a message that doesn't need to be crammed down your throat. The characters are all very well done, and I think I would have liked middle school a lot more if I'd been friends with people like these.
PS: Remember James Howe? He wrote the Bunnicula books, and I'm really happy he's still writing.
Read for: Social Justice in Young Adult Literature
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James Howe has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he's been writing for young readers. It sometimes confuses people that the author of the humorous Bunnicula series also wrote the dark young adult novel, The Watcher, or such beginning reader series as Pinky and Rex and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award-winning Houndsley and Catina and its sequels. But from the beginning of his career (which came about somewhat by accident after asking himself what kind of vampire a rabbit might make), he has been most interested in letting his imagination take him in whatever direction it cared to. So far, his imagination has led him to picture books, such as I Wish I Were a Butterfly and Brontorina (about a dinosaur who dreams of being a ballerina), mysteries, poetry (in the upcoming Addie on the Inside), and fiction that deals with issues that matter deeply to him. He is especially proud of The Misfits, which inspired national No Name-Calling Week (www.nonamecallingweek.org) and its sequel Totally Joe. He does not know where his imagination will take him in the next thirty-plus years, but he is looking forward to finding out.
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