The Misfits

The Misfits

eBook - 2011
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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.

Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby -- they've been friends forever. They laugh together, have lunch together, and get together once a week at the Candy Kitchen to eat ice cream and talk about important issues. Life isn't always fair, but at least they have each other -- and all they really want to do is survive the seventh grade.

That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. Starting with Addie's refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance and her insistence on creating a new political party to run for student council, the Gang of Five is in for the ride of their lives. Along the way they will learn about politics and popularity, love and loss, and what it means to be a misfit. After years of getting by, they are given the chance to stand up and be seen -- not as the one-word jokes their classmates have tried to reduce them to, but as the full, complicated human beings they are just beginning to discover they truly are.
Publisher: Atheneum,, 2011
ISBN: 9781442449428
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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For every kid who's a little bit different. 5th-7th grade.

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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections. In their group, they aim to represent all students who have ever been called names or felt left out. Ages 6-12.

Jul 20, 2013

really good book

Mar 20, 2013

I read this book after reading "Addie on the Inside." I really enjoyed this book. I think it has some great lessons that could be learned from it. The characters get the idea to create a third party for their school elections. However, Addie and her friends had some trouble with getting their school administration to accept their party at first. I very much recommend this book, and I plan to read "Totally Joe" next.

Nov 28, 2012

Hooray for No Name-Calling Week!

Sep 21, 2011

"Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit." Is that a lesson for us all or what?

The first book in the 'misfits' trilogy (so far) introduces us to the gang of five; friends who have come together for support and camaraderie. They are the teased, the bullied, outcasts at school, and worse, even in their own minds.

Don't dare call these kids 'losers' however. They realize that each of them is OK - just the way they are. They decide to take action in the elections for Student Council. They meet opposition from many sides, including the school administrators. But instead of just quietly disappearing, they plan to achieve success in spite of the obstacles. Do they make it? Read the book and find out!

James Howe, the author shows a keen ear for the voices of young people, in this case seventh grade. They ring true and make the story that much more believable.

I recommend this book especially for middle school aged folks. It's a fun read and very empowering. I look forward to more books in this series.

jazs Sep 10, 2011

Richie's pick; book 1; 2 Totally Joe; 3 Addie on the inside


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