Addie on the Inside

Addie on the Inside

By James Howe

Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416913849, 206pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 2011

In this "artfully crafted" ("Publishers Weekly") companion to the bestselling "The Misfits" and "Totally Joe," Addie Carle confronts labels, loss, and what it means to grow up.
The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes...just a bit obnoxious.
But as seventh grade progresses, Addie's not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is just a little too tough, and that doesn't help her deal with the turmoil she feels on the inside as she faces the pains of growing up.
Told in elegant, accessible verse, "Addie on the Inside" is a thought-provoking look at a strong, smart, and sensitive girl struggling with the box society wants to put her in. Addie confronts experiences we can relate to: the loss of a beloved pet, first heartbreak, teasing...but also, friendship, love, and a growing confidence in one's self.

About the Author
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 (, 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. Visit him online at