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The Misfits book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's. What do a year-old student who moonlights as a tie salesman, a tall, outspoken girl, a gay middle schooler and a kid branded as a hooligan have in common. *"A fast, funny, tender story that will touch readers." "[A] timely, sensitive, laugh- out-loud must-read. This book is needed." "A knockout. One of the best of the.

I read this book when it first came out and managed the young adult section of a bookstore. More recently, I read this book with my nine year old son. While it endeared to me the first time around, I Bobby is fat and quiet, Addie is both very bright and very idealistic and The Misfits. James Howe.

I finished the misfits and the gang didn't win the election, but Bobby gave an amazing speech at the election. Colin ended up being gay, and Joe and him dated. Bobby and Kelsey ended up going to the dance together, Addie and DuShaun go to the dance together and dated for the rest of their 7th grade, and Skeezie realized love isn't bad.

Bobby became a senator, Addie became a social studies teacher, Skeezie got married, and Joe became a writer. I wonder if the gang ended up staying friends in their adult lives?

Feb 21, Kelley. R rated it really liked it. They laugh together, have lunch tog Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. View all 22 comments. Oct 19, Sophie Rosenthal rated it liked it. They all use each other to stay strong, and away from bully's.

They want to get rid of bullying and enforce freedom. So, to do that, they come up with the Freedom Party in their school election. The party represents minority's. When the party is told that they can't participate in the election, they come up with the No-Name Party.

The No-Name Party represents everyone ever called a name. So they are in the election after all. This is a good book for 6th-7th grade students.

Jul 09, Michelle Martineau rated it really liked it. Sweet book about a group of friends who band together to push back against the negative way kids treat each other. I thought the ending was a little overly tidy with all the coupling between the characters, but a cute story.

Good way for kids to think about a variety of ideas like name-calling, growing up questioning your sexuality and gender stereotypes, and other social issues. Kids now may be puzzled by the lack of phones an Sweet book about a group of friends who band together to push back against the negative way kids treat each other. Kids now may be puzzled by the lack of phones and technology in the book, since it did come out a while ago!

Overall a quick, enjoyable read. Add a group of 7th graders to the mix and you have the perfect middle school drama. James Howe may have aged up the voices of the main characters a bit, but it works. Typical school drama with socially aware kids kept me turning the pages. The story felt fun and light until real heart started showing up. The feels went off the chart during the big speech. The moments Bobby and his dad share on the pages really got to me.

In " The Misfits" by James Howe. I found out that Joe is gay, and that he likes Colin. Addie also likes Colin. Skeezie is the go-betweener for Addie. Or in other words, he puts notes in his locker for her.

The teachers made them stop the Freedom party. They came up with the no-name party. It's to stop students from being called names and being bullied anymore.

The only thing different is that DuShawn dropped out from being President. Now Addie is president and Joe is vice president. I wonder if the teachers would take down this third party again.

Will it work out? Oct 08, Carolina Irato added it. I thought this book was really important because it relates to the world now. The key to anything. This book is teaching us how a label doesn't show who you are. A lot of words have been called to a lot of kids. They are also showing how this election can impact the people who call the names.

View all 3 comments. Jul 07, Joshua rated it it was amazing. This book didn't get any supergreat critical response when it came out, but I found it hilarious, engaging, and full of truly sympathetic if not totally realistic characters.

Especially now that we're back in an election year, I bet it'd work pretty great for group discussion, and there are scenes in there that'd make for some killer Readers Theater probably best for middle school-age kids.

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Rock on, Howe. In chapter 18, Bobby talks to his dad about him liking a girl.

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At the end they end up talking about his mom. When this happened, it showed a lot about bobby and his dad as characters.

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Bobby says that he doesn't want to be like his dad when he's older and that shows that he wants to be better than what is dad is making him do like work for his family and live in a trailer. Oct 06, Ian Tymms rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must-read for Middle Schoolers. Great Grade 6 book with lots to say about fitting in and tolerance. Thoughtful, compassionate and one of those great books that leaves you hopeful. May 30, Cooper Sakaguchi rated it did not like it.

Are you kidding me James Howe? Nov 06, Katy rated it it was amazing Shelves: And some people get nothing but a string of cards that no matter how they're played will never add up to a winning hand. It takes your whole being to do it -- your eyes and your ears, your brain, and your heart.

Maybe your heart most of all. I feel like I have figured something out here, something important, something that I thought was hard but turns out to be pretty simple. It doesn't take a genius. Now, I am really disappointed by this book. For a book that is middle grade and follows a year-old main character, everyone in this book talks and acts like they're years old. That isn't to say that year-olds can't be mature, just that they would act differently than they do in the book.

This one just left me with a bunch of unanswered questions that annoyed me. Like why does this year-old have a job at such a young age?

I was annoyed at how a lot of the characters were being over Now, I am really disappointed by this book. I was annoyed at how a lot of the characters were being overdramatic and talking about how much in love they were with people they barely even knew.

The good thing about this book is that it does discuss bullying, but even that was cheesy at times. Apr 28, Cooper McCombs rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this book. It taught me a lot about myself which never happened when I read books. The idea that your unique makes you fit in with the rest of the people and makes you shine as a person. Great book highly recommend it. Aug 31, MBF rated it really liked it. Great read. Very entertaining and provided a great insight on what a difference children can make in society.

Nov 15, Tate Colarik rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I have ever read. Oct 23, Madeline Clements rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really liked this book and the diversity of the characters in it. It went into student government which I'm normally not interested in, however this book kept me entertained. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to a friend.

Oct 23, Hannah Groeschen rated it really liked it. This is one of the best coming-of-age novels I have ever read.

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I felt connected to some of the characters, specifically Addie, and I was intrigued by the idea of approaching the topic of name-calling through a middle school election. Both of these things made The Misfits hard to put down. Jun 06, Matthew Hampton rated it really liked it. In "The Misfits", which takes place in Paintbrush Falls, New York, present time, the protagonist Bobby is in middle school and is an outcast because of his weight.

He stays with his group of friends and other outcasts; Skeezie, the down to earth and mellow Elvis lover, Addie, a tall and very smart girl, and Joe, who is so creative and flamboyant that bullies follow him everywhere.

Together, they call themselves the Gang of Five, and hold forums every Friday to talk about there issues. Addie pr In "The Misfits", which takes place in Paintbrush Falls, New York, present time, the protagonist Bobby is in middle school and is an outcast because of his weight. Addie protests against many things, like saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and this givers her the reputation of a leader, and activist. So when the school elections come up, Addie immediately starts a new, independent party that would support minorities.

The Gang of Five wants to win, and work together to try to get the word out about the new independent Freedom Party. But this doesn't work because neither the students or the staff get the message, which is also unclear to the Gang. Skeezie, Joe, and especially Addie just want to represent every student and equality among the student body. Until Bobby understands acceptance of others and themselves, they Gang floats around looking for ideas to represent the students in a unique and popular way.

Bobby comes up with the idea to start the No-name party. The new party is built on a campaign to end name calling throughout the school, and start a no-name day, where name calling is banned for the day. The rest of the Gang is enthusiastic about the idea, and begin to campaign their party. As the campaign goes on, each member of the Gang realize that they, themselves were minorities, and they will represent misfits, outcasts, and anybody who has ever been called a name.

This bold campaign gains momentum in the school, with both the students and the staff. This is the No-name party's motto. This is a great novel for someone who wants to know about acceptance during adolescence, and provides good insight on the concept of equality and justice for all. I think this was the author's purpose, as well as National No-name Week, which was inspired by this book.

Judging by that alone, I would say this book was a success.

It is relatively easy to read, and the chapters are broken up in an organized fashion. Some of the actions in the book were specific enough to be unpredictable, even though the gist was somewhat generic, it still carried suspense.

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The author's style is unique and really gets the point across for this book, the point being acceptance is only given when you give it. Jun 06, Joseph Duncan rated it really liked it. The "Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt me" statement is one of the most inaccurate sayings of all time.

Words do hurt in any way, shape or form. The Misfits was one of the greatest books I've ever read. It was very inspiring, encouraging and amazing. The main character, Bobby, is an overweight boy in the seventh grade who has been bullied for years from name-calling. Although he has been called all of those names, he has three incredibly, great friends: Addie, Joe The "Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt me" statement is one of the most inaccurate sayings of all time.

Addie, Joe and Skeezie. They too, have been called names just like Bobby has. However that doesn't stop them. Even if they are called these putrid and impolite names, the four of them do not care. Leastwise, in our own eyes we are, and that's all that really matters" Howe Even though they've been treated this way for many years, it doesn't destroy themselves; they ignore it.

During the year, the school election was approaching with the two parties, the Democracy and Republic. But Addie, who is one of Bobby's friends, had an idea to make a third party called the Freedom Party. Unfortunately, the party didn't work out and it was abolished from the election. One day at lunch, something had sparked inside of Bobby's head; something that was there all along but invisible to the naked eye.

Since he and his friends are bullied, the thought popped inside of his head and ideas were bursting. He now knew what to do. The three parties had also required to make a speech in front of the whole school and Bobby had created one, an amazing one. After Bobby spent time negotiating with Addie, Addie made Bobby give the speech because of what he had just made.

Book Review: The Misfits by James Howe

Once the speech was over, Bobby changed the people's lives. Although they didn't win, they still had made a difference. Bobby and his friends stood up to everyone around them who called them names and they never thought it as a bad thing. They refused to listen to such discrimination and did their best to stop it. This book was marvelous, touching and suitable for anyone to read. Remember, there shall be no name-calling. The same criticisms that could be leveled at Howe's 'Bunnicula' books apply to 'The Misfits,' I suppose.

But one person's 'corny' and 'saccharine' can be another's 'funny' and 'sweet. The book evoked a strong emotional connection, too, making me cry as well as laugh. I'm not the only one with this combined personal and intellectual response. The novel is realistic about such efforts--name calling will always be around--and makes its points without being preachy.

For young people blithely, and often innocently, tossing out the comment, 'That is so gay' as a character in 'The Misfits' does , reading the book might make them consider what that comment really means, on a number of levels. Any label, even less charged ones like 'dweeb,' prevent us from seeing each other as individuals. At a time of life when kids are figuring out who they are as individuals, and are so susceptible to peer pressure and bullying, it could help to recognize that. At my far more advanced stage of life, it helps.

Howe creates complex characters, keeps his story moving along, and touches on more themes than name-calling, among them connections and disconnections between adults and children, the ways we deal with death, and the hormonal urges which so intensify relationships in middle school.

If his ending tied things up quite neatly, it was also very cathartic. I've had this book and have been meaning to read it for a while. Seeing it on the 'Kids Recommend' list http: A good place to look for kids' books. Highly recommended. I am obviously not the target audience for this book. James Howe, a prolific author, has written a book aimed at middle school kids to get them to think about how names affect them and their classmates.

However, as someone who was called a few names in her day, I found this novel to be moving. I am a very long way from middle school, but names are powerful things.

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As one character in this story indicates, names stay with you for a long time. Howe does a great job telling us about the Gang of Fiv I am obviously not the target audience for this book.

Howe does a great job telling us about the Gang of Five and their adventures. I picked this book up because it apparently has had some influence in middle schools. The anti-bullying movement is very strong in this country and Howe has created a story that will resonate with many readers.

He also suggests one method for dealing with name-calling which some schools have adopted. I applaud Howe's book and all attempts to make middle school a less toxic place. That said, I also know that middle school children are ruled by their peers and their own hormones. I suspect that many kids will not want to picture themselves as having a life like the characters in this book.

The subject matter may fall too close to home for some children to be able to talk about what happens in this novel. That is a shame and not a reason to quit trying. It is just something I have observed. I do think that many people should read this book. Most middle schoolers should read it, even if they don't want to discuss it.

People who work with that age children should read it to be reminded of what the kids are going through. Parents would be wise to read Howe's story for the same reason.

Lastly, folks like me, who would prefer forgetting middle school, should pick up this book to see that there is humor in that part of life and sometimes winning comes in the least expected ways. Sep 10, Jules rated it it was amazing. I had to read it for school It apparently was for ages 8 - 12, and I thought that that would make it utterly stupid.

The name itself The Misfits? Just sounds like something that I wouldn't want to read, I don't know why. James Howe wrote the Bunicula series and wasn't that for kinda younger people? Well, I love this book. It got me thinking about things I'm in 7th. Anyway, one of the characters that was my age was gay and that just got me thinking about my school, wondering which boy[s] were too I just can't imagine my town like that So it was kind of an eye-opener.

Plus I liked the style of writing: Also, there was some romance - kinda confusing, but there was a girl named Kelsey. The gay guy was Joe. There was a girl named Addie, and another boy named Colin. And the main character was Bobby. So Bobby liked Kelsey, but Joe kept getting love letters in his locker that were apparently from Kelsey.

But Joe was gay, and he liked Colin. Addie also liked Colin, and she was confused when she thought she was dating Colin Now it gets really weird, and it turns out Colin was putting the notes in Joe's locker, and Kelsey likes Bobby!!

James Howe wastes no time introducing Bobby, the young boy who will be narrating the story directly to the readers. This peculiar manner of storytelling makes the reader feel as if Bobby is a friend of his hers , making sure that we are up to date with the latest happenings in Paintbrush Falls Middle School.

Sometimes Bobby may appear as naive, at other times he appears wise beyond his years. So engaging is the story, that following the action and getting to know each of the characters along with their unique traits, quirks, and personalities becomes a real wholesome experience.

The novel undoubtedly fits in the Coming-of-Age genre, and that is not just because of the age of its protagonist. Bobby learns about himself and life by observing the people around him, sometimes coming to not too pleasant conclusions such as: Before downloading the book, I enjoyed its audio version — thrilled by the fun and professional recording by many young artists whose voices and vivid performances brought their respective characters to life.

Recommended for anyone aged ten and up, The Misfits by James Howe is a great read with a lot of positive, inspirational and empowering messages embedded. I have read some critiques that expressed concerns related to the sexual orientation of one of the characters and the fact that it is not addressed as a problem.

I believe that such critiques have missed the point completely, as The Misfits read by preteen readers, is guaranteed to make them better human beings. Audio Sample from Full Cast Audio. Get the Book at site. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The New Kid Timmy Slays the Talent Show Jackrabbit Aloud All Album Review Introduction.

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