The Misfits

By James Howe

Summary of the book...

Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby have been friends forever; they call themselves the Gang of Five, yet there are only four of them. The four students do not fit in well at their school and they learn what is is like to be a misfit. All they want to do is survive seventh grade. They decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all the students who have ever been called names. After years of getting called names and not fitting in, they are given the chance to stand up and be seen as who they really are.

Third Party Speech for Student Council Elections...

On Thursday, the day of the speech, Addie Carle walks up to the microphone and informs the audience that Bobby Goodspeed will be giving the speech instead of her, the presidential candidate. Addie hands the mike over to Bobby; he takes a deep breath and begins to speak. Bobby gives a well-spoken speech that helps everyone understand that names can hurt, and that people are more than the names they are called. The No-Name Party doesn't win the election. However, Bobby's speech makes an impact and they get a commitment from the administration to address name-calling. This is important to the book because it allows the misfits to fit in.