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.

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Visit Scholastic, the world's largest children's book publisher. Whether you need a classic kids book or classroom-proven teaching materials, discover it at. The Misfits by James Howe - Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit. Welcome to Paintbrush Falls, home of Bobby, Joe, Addie, and Skeezie: the four best friends of the Misfits series whose “fast, funny, tender” (School Library.

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Hilarious and poignant. An upbeat and reassuring novel that encourages preteens and teens to celebrate their individuality.

Addie is tall, brainy, and outspoken. And Joe is gay. After years of insults, the Gang of Five is determined to stop name-calling at their school. Finally, they are going 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.

Could you see another character narrating the novel instead? How would the novel be different with another narrator?

How is Bobby wise beyond his years? Part of the story is written in prose and part of it is in a play format. Do you like this style of writing?


Did it help you to learn more about the characters as you were reading? Why do you think the author chose to withhold this information about Bobby until halfway through the story? These losses have shaped their personalities and have affected each of them differently. Discuss how this is so.

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Do you find her frustrating, or refreshingly honest? Would you be friends with Addie if you had the opportunity?

Can you sympathize with Ms. Wyman regarding her feelings toward Addie?


Do you think that Ms. Wyman was once a little like Addie when she was younger?

And how is Addie ultimately like Ms. However, they are guilty of calling people names themselves.

Cite examples throughout the book where they fall into this trap. Do you think they realize that they are name-callers?

Is name-calling a natural part of who we are or is it learned? Can name-calling ever be a positive thing? Kellerman, Addie and Ms. Wyman, Joe and Colin.


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PW's Summer Reads PW Picks:Societal norms are challenged, with Howe addressing issues such as bullying, living as a seventh grader with same gender attraction, and losing a parent as a child and adult. Does being gay or not affect your opinion?

That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. I've had this book and have been meaning to read it for a while. An upbeat, reassuring novel that encourages preteens and teens to celebrate their individuality. DuShaun decides not to run for president, so it's up to the gang to win.