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The Misfits Reviewed by Children's Books for Parents on September 18.

Addie is super tall and super smart. Joe is gay. Skeezie is sloppy and tough looking, and Bobbie, the narrator, is overweight and vulnerable since the death of his mother. They’ve been friends for years and hold a forum once a week to talk about important things. Although they’ve been called names all their lives, … Continue reading

Addie is super tall and super smart. Joe is gay. Skeezie is sloppy and tough looking, and Bobbie, the narrator, is overweight and vulnerable since the death of his mother. They’ve been friends for years and hold a forum once a week to talk about important things. Although they’ve been called names all their lives, they have had one another for support. For their seventh-grade election, they form a new political party, called the No-Name Party whose slogan is, “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit.” They propose a moratorium on name-calling for one day and promise to work hard to make all voices heard on the student council. Although the No-Name Party doesn’t win the election, they learn important things about themselves and teach the rest of the school about the importance of individuality.

The Misfits

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The Misfits

By: James Howe
Publisher: Atheneum, 2001
Level: 12-13

Addie is super tall and super smart. Joe is gay. Skeezie is sloppy and tough looking, and Bobbie, the narrator, is overweight and vulnerable since the death of his mother. They’ve been friends for years and hold a forum once a week to talk about important things. Although they’ve been called names all their lives, they have had one another for support. For their seventh-grade election, they form a new political party, called the No-Name Party whose slogan is, “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit.” They propose a moratorium on name-calling for one day and promise to work hard to make all voices heard on the student council. Although the No-Name Party doesn’t win the election, they learn important things about themselves and teach the rest of the school about the importance of individuality.

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