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The Misfits (The Misfits #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,943 ratings  ·  558 reviews
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 p ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published May 1st 2001)
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Madeline
"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 n
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Christina
By:James Howe total pages:288

Misfits by James Howe is about a group of middle school students who are best friends who have been teased by many people over the years. the main characters in this story are Addie, Bobby, Joe, Skeezy. Bobby used to be picked on because he is over weight Addie was teased because of her height and because she was very shy. Skeezy was teased because he dresses differently then most other people do. Joe was always teased because he is gay. These students found each o
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Lisa Nimz
Jun 09, 2010 Lisa Nimz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any adult, and any child from the end of 5th on up
Shelves: young-adult
This is a wonderful book on many levels. The dialogue cracks me up. James Howe's characterizations are strong. He is realistic about the difficulties of school social life, but avoids scaring the will to live out of the reader. He is realistic, but not overly-dramatic.

What I love most about this book is how Bobby's thoughts are elucidated. He's growing into a manhood born of the strength of character it takes to consider others--something that requires a bravery rarely discussed. I would be fort
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Madeline Greene
Bobby is a 12 year old tie salesman who is part of a group at his school. They are not the most popular kids and people always call them names, but they don't care what other people think. The gang of five consists of 4 kids; Addie, Bobby, Joe and Skeezie. Skeezie is the cool person of the group, hair slicked back and leather jackets. Addie is the independent person, and stands for her own opinion. Joe is the girly one of the group, always having one fingernail painted. Finally bobby is the laid ...more
Mo
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Sophie Rosenthal
In this book, Bobby, Addie, Skeezie, and Joe are the Gang of Five, a group of 4 bullying victims. 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 ...more
Carolina Irato

I thought this book was really important because it relates to the world now. Freedom. The key to anything. "Freedom is what makes a happy ending" says bobby. This book is teaching us how a label doesn't show who you are. name calling is what the gang of five wants to put an end to. 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. overall, this book was sending as really good life lesson/message.
Genevieve Goldstein
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 ...more
Matthew Hampton
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
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Joseph Duncan
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 ...more
Joshua
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). Rock on, Howe.
Rachel
In chapter 18, Bobby talks to his dad about him liking a girl. At the end they end up talking about his mom. When this happened, it showed a lot about bobby and his dad as characters. 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.
Elyssa
I felt that the book, The Misfits, was good. It had a good message. I thought that the main section of the book started a little too late. I thought that the book was bad at first because nothing really happened until near the end of the book. Besides that I thought that it was good.

In the book, Bobby, the narrator, is in the Gang of Five. His friends, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, are bullied a lot throughout the book. The Gang of Five has always tried to ignore the bullying, but they decided to put
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Amy Greenberger
This book started out very good, but the ending was so unrealistic that it ruined the end of the book. I think that it gives false hope to kids who are having a hard time in middle school that once you grow up all of your dreams and even more will come true. This book was well written and got you very connected, but still had many flaws. Overall, this book was pretty good, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone else to read.
This book is about four kids who call themselves "the gang of five".
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Staci Caputo
I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters interesting and I felt that James Howe did a good job of engaging the reading and always keeping the interested. James Howe is an author of more than seventy books for younger readers. I have not read any other books by him besides The Misfits, but I really enjoyed the book and would like to read more. There were a few quotes in the book that did make me understand why Pleasant Valley Community School would want it out of the younger classrooms. ...more
Lars Guthrie
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 Misfits' broadened my appreciation for Howe, with its sophisticated plot and themes aimed at the middle school audience, and its style, which alters between the first-person narration of seventh-grader Bobby Godspeed and the stage-format 'minutes' of the meetings of his ousider group at Paintbrush Falls Middl
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Jules
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Sean Keevin
As a reader, I loved this book. It was just an a good story overall. I like how they all stick together and call themselves the Gang of 5. I really found myself rooting for the characters, especially in the end. Throughout the book, you really get to know the characters. I was a pretty easy read, but I think that was one of the good things about it.

As a teacher, I think this book would be good to use in the classroom, but not about the 8th grade. Since it is pretty light-hearted, I think that h
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Etai
I loved this book. We read it in my English class. It made me laugh in some situations, and it made me cry in other situations. It was a real page turner. It was funny, it was upsetting, and I loved it.
The misfits is about four kids that are being made fun of in school. Their names are Bobby Goodspeed(narrator/main character), Addie Carle(leader-like, likes a popular boy), Joe Bunch(homosexual, likes the same boy as Addie), and Skeezie Tookis, eats like a pig,greaser). The plot is that Bobby an
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Ethan
So far The Misfits has been more and more compelling every page. It has been very interesting to learn the life of Bobby Goodspeed. Whenever I read The Misfits I would try to put myself in Bobby's shoes which had taught me so much about how much names can hurt. Today I decided I was going to read the an extra chapter of the Misfits. That extra chapter ended up being 5 extra chapters. When I finished the chapter 25 I couldn't stop. If I had learned one life lesson it would be that sticks and ston ...more
Jay Robinson
I thought this book was very interesting. It goes over the HUGE subject thats widely covered in books, tv shows, movies, and throughout schools. That's subject is bullying. Something thats been around forever and doesn't seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. In the book, 4 kids that are the main focus get bullied for all types of things. Allie gets bullied for being shy and her height, Bobby gets bullied for being overweight, Joe gets bullied for being gay and Skeezy gets bullied for the way ...more
Jackson Schwartz
At the ending of the book, Booby is very proud of himself for his speech. Even though the No-Name Party did not come out with the victory. Addie is also very open of the problem of loss. The next dy, the dance is happening. Joe is already going with Colin and Addie is going with DuShawn. Booby wants to go with Kelsey,but Booby does not know if she likes him back(she does). All in all, this book was very inspirational because of the lesson that everyone is who they want to be. Be yourself. Great ...more
David Ruff
In the book the Misfits by James Howe I liked the book a lot. The book had many different elements and very special and diverse characters. I liked that the book included surprises (for example, Joe and Colin going to the dance together, and DuShawn asking out Addie to the dance). As this story is told by Bobby Goodspeed the relationships between the Gang of Five: Bobby, Skeezie, Addie, and Joe is a unique bond held by their own struggles on how they can relate to eachother. I recommend this boo ...more
Kate Mcatee
In The Misfits, it tells a story of Bobby, Addy, Joe, and Skeezie and there struggles to stay independent and show what they believe. Addy is very into politics and when the school is having an opportunity of voting for new political parties in student council, she was all for it.
After a try on a new party that was immediately shut down by the advisers of the students school, Bobby gets to shine like never before, and come up with a new party. Bobby uses his knowledge and past to create the "
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In the book Misfits, James Howe teaches us all a great lesson or two, from the perspective of Bobby Goodspeed and his friends, Joe, Skeezie, and Addie. They call themselves the “gang of five”. This name is welcoming to any kid out there that considers themselves a misfit and you’ll find out why.

This setting takes place in a small town called Paint Brush Falls, and there local school is where the characters can see and meet each other, but also where the name calling takes place. But in town ther
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Layne
Okay, forgive me because I'm going to flail over this book for a few minutes! In terms of writing it's very simple and it's definitely intended for younger audiences. It only took me an hour or two to finish it, myself, but that hour or two was just so, so, so wonderful. I really hope there are more books out there for young readers because the representation included is noteworthy.

The narrator of the story is fat, there are two black characters, there is a strong white female character (who is
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Angelika Valencia Montoya
I loved it how everybody made a difference and created No-Name day and week. They all ended up with who they wanted to be with and helped everybody that has been a victim be heard and not bullied anymore.
Meghan
a companion book to totally joe. very well-written. i usually taught totally joe in class because i loved the unique "alpha biography" format, but this book is thematically as strong with great characterization. tackles a tough topic that needs to be addressed in ALL schools... if you ask my humble opinion. which you did if you are reading my review. ;)
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This book is gona stay with me my whole life. It has that suttle humor that just makes you laugh the whole day. It just reminds me to be nice to people no matter what. like the quote " Sticks and Stones may break our bones but words will break our spirit" ik nevr to call anyone a name..


STANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL BOOK JAMES HOWE
Despina Rizopoulos
Bobby is a twelve year old tie sales man that wants to survive seventh grade along with his other four friends Joe Bunch, Addie Carle and Skeezie Tookis. The are a gang of four misfits. The have been called names but they still stick to who they are and they don't change them.
Skeezie is the "bad boy" of the group, Addie is the person who stands up for her opinion, Joe is the feminine one of the group and Bobby is the shy and quiet one in the group.
Addie wants to create the Freedom party that re
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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 Pi
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“Another thing I think about names is that they DO hurt. They hurt because we believe them. We think they are telling us something true about ourselves, something other people can see even if we don't. —Bobby Goodspeed” 23 likes
“Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit.” 20 likes
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