Addie on the Inside (The Misfits) (Paperback)

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Addie on the Inside (The Misfits) (Paperback)

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Outspoken seventh grader Addie Carle confronts bullying and heartbreak in this third book of the funny, heartfelt, and beloved Misfits series by Bunnicula author James Howe.

They say in the seventh grade you are who they say you are, but how can that be true? How can I be a Godzilla-girl lezzie loser know-it-all big mouth beanpole string bean freaky tall fall-down spaz attack brainiac maniac hopeless nerd *bad word* brown-nosing teacher’s pet… How can I be all that and still be true to the real me while everyone is saying: This is who you are.

Addie has been called a lot of names. Until now, her tough exterior and her best friends—Bobby, Joe, and Skeezie—made the teasing easy enough to ignore. But dealing with a broken heart in more ways than one makes seventh grade harder than Addie expected, and she begins to wonder if standing up for who she is on the inside will only make her more of a target on the outside.
James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers. Bunnicula, coauthored by his late wife Deborah and published in 1979, is considered a modern classic of children’s literature. The author has written six highly popular sequels, along with the spinoff series Tales from the House of Bunnicula and Bunnicula and Friends. Among his other books are picture books such as Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores and beginning reader series that include the Pinky and Rex and Houndsley and Catina books. He has also written for older readers. The Misfits, published in 2001, inspired the nationwide antibullying initiative No Name-Calling Week, as well as three sequels, Totally JoeAddie on the Inside, and Also Known as Elvis. A common theme in James Howe’s books from preschool through teens is the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at
Product Details ISBN: 9781416913856
ISBN-10: 1416913858
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: The Misfits
**A Junior Library Guild Selection**

*"Howe completely captures what it is like to be a 13-year-old girl–the ups and downs, the emotional tightrope, the push/pull between childhood and growing up, and the power of gossip and school cliques. Addie negotiates the corridors of middle school with thoughtful determination; she’s a young woman with a lot to say."
— School Library Journal, starred review

*"Written in narrative verse that has the rhythm and punch of spoken-word poetry. . . . Howe's artfully crafted lines show Addie's intelligence and wit, and his imagery evokes the aura of sadness surrounding 'this purgatory of/ the middle school years'. . . . Readers will empathize with Addie's anguish and admire her courage to keep fighting."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A strong addition to its companion titles [that] stands on its own as a compelling and moving story about growing up and out."
— Booklist

"Addie's forthright observations address serious topics with a maturity beyond her age. . . . Readers will agree when, in the triumphant final poem, an assured Addie proclaims: 'I am a girl who knows enough / to know this life is mine.'"
— Kirkus Reviews