The Misfits by James Howe
Bobby is one of those invisible kids in middle school. He lives with his father and lost his mom at a young age. He has a small group of friends, all of whom are misfits in their own way. Addie is the tall brainy girl, Skeezie thinks he is a greaser from the 50ies, and Joe is glamorous and coming to terms with his sexuality. The group meets once a week at the Candy Kitchen to discuss various topics. Idealistic Addie decides to take a stand for liberty and freedom for all students by trying to create a third party for the school election but the principal puts a stop to it. The group is still unsure how to make their mark when it hits Bobby. What they really want, is for people to stop calling them names. All of a sudden the ideas start to flow and the group forms the "No-Name Party."
I thought this was a great middle school book and Howe does a nice job capturing the middle school voice and thought process. It also reminded me of my middle school's theme, which is "Make your Mark, Make a Difference."