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If you like Totally Joe by James Howe

Another book by James Howe that you may enjoy is The Misfits. The book is about four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school and decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.

 

Here are some other books you might like to try:

 

 

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

 

Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby

In Vancouver, British Columbia, two teenage dressage riders, one a spoiled rich girl and the other a closeted gay sixteen-year-old boy, come to terms with their identities and learn to accept themselves.

 

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

 

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger.

Great YA read about a group of misfits who start a geography club to disguise their need to talk to others about their homosexuality.

 

The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss.

Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.

 

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt.

During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zaxhary, the fattest boy in the world.

 

Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters.

When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.

 

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

When her best friend, Hope, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, 16-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. Jessica is a fish out of water at school, a stranger at home, and now -- with the only person with whom she could really communicate gone -- more lost than ever. How is she supposed to deal with the boy-and-shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad's obsession with her track meets, and her nonexistent love life?