Spencer’s Corner~The Misfits

Spread the love

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Synopsis: 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.

 

Review: I don’t truly know why this book is rated so highly. I didn’t find anything in this book enjoyable. I think the message was good, but it was executed terribly. The book follows Bobby and his friends as they try to make a political party at school called the No-Name party. The teachers try to fight them against this saying their only need to be the Democratic and Republican parties for the school elections. The book was incredibly dull and the characters were either terribly irritating, or they were just stereotypes on overload. Instead of having the characters be positive aspects about the story it felt as though the author didn’t even like the characters he was writing. I don’t appreciate when author use stereotypes in their books and then don’t have anything to defy those stereotypes. It might be a enjoyable book for a middle-school student who is getting bullied, but it just had no connection to me. I wouldn’t recommend this book to actually anyone. There are a lot better books out there that I have read that confront bullying head on and they manage to do it right. I give this book 1 out of 5 stars.

 

About the Author: 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 Pinky and Rex and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award-winning Houndsley and Catina and its sequels. But from the beginning of his career (which came about somewhat by accident after asking himself what kind of vampire a rabbit might make), he has been most interested in letting his imagination take him in whatever direction it cared to. So far, his imagination has led him to picture books, such as I Wish I Were a Butterfly and Brontorina (about a dinosaur who dreams of being a ballerina), mysteries, poetry (in the upcoming Addie on the Inside), and fiction that deals with issues that matter deeply to him. He is especially proud of The Misfits, which inspired national No Name-Calling Week (www.nonamecallingweek.org) and its sequel Totally Joe. He does not know where his imagination will take him in the next thirty-plus years, but he is looking forward to finding out.

Speak Your Mind

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.