Monday, January 28, 2008

Howe, James. The misfits

Howe, James. The misfits. Aladdin, 2001 [0-689-83956-1]
Four friends from a small middle school who don't really fit in meet frequently at the local soda shop and discuss life. When the school's Student Council elections begin, they decide to organize a third party to represent minorities. They school administration is resistant to the idea and won't let them, saying they need a better defined issue that is not covered by the other two parties. Finally they come up an idea.. to stop name-calling in the school. They realize that between the four of them, they have been called 22 names over the years. The idea catches and and spreads through the school life wildfire so there is a third party in the election. Their slogan is "Sticks and stones may break our bones but names will break our spirit." Read this 274 book to find out how a small group of kids can change a school. One of the "Misfits" is Joe who appears in "Totally Joe," a companion to this book.


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