By James Howe
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780689839566, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2003
Sticks and stones
may break our bones,
will break our spirit.
James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself.
* “A fast, funny, tender story that will touch readers.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“A knockout, one of the best of the year.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A timely, sensitive, laugh-out-loud must-read.”—Voices of America