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The Misfits by James Howe

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The Misfits by James Howe

Howe, James. The Misfits. Atheneum, 2003 (reprint). ISBN 978-0689839566 304 pp. $8.99

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Just wanted to chime in with a “me too” on The Misfits by James Howe — we just read it for Popular Paperbacks this year (and it’s on the nominations list — I’ll let you know if it makes it on the final list!). I loved it, both for its sense of humor and the, well, sense of less weight about the whole outsider deal. Many, many teen books make being an outsider like it’s the weight of the world on your shoulders, and often entwine it was some major trauma or drama of some sort. It was kind of refreshing to just have a simple story about a few kids who are outsiders, yes, but are not going to be crushed under the weight of that.

I really must read Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime–someday I’ll actually be able to read for myself again, rather than for book clubs and committees. 😉

Recent Reads

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Recent Reads

I haven’t posted in forever because I’ve been reading a grown-up book for my new book club. We just read Empire Falls by Richard Russo. It is an excellent novel about a small town in Maine and the so-called small town life happening there.

I’ve been enjoying some shorter juvenile fiction books since then. I loved The Misfits by James Howe. A group of friends, all considered misfits, form a new political party at their school to represent all those who aren’t well represented. What a great cast of characters!

Eoin Colfer’s new book, The Legend of Spud Murphy is about some boys whose parents force them to spend a couple of hours a day at the library over the summer. Oh, horror of horrors! The boys hate the idea of doing something educational, but they are even more repelled by the idea of having to spend time with the librarian, Spud Murphy. Does the evil librarian really shoot spuds at her patrons? What does she do with all those rubber stamps? Will the boys really have to sit on the one tiny rug in the children’s area while at the library? How will they go to the bathroom if they can’t move off the rug? Librarians will love this! Teachers will love this! Kids and parents will love this too. The book has funny illustrations and is perfect for reluctant readers.