BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Author James Howe recently spoke to seventh-grade students at Briarcliff Middle School about the inspiration and meaning of his book The Misfits.
The novel, which was required summer reading for the students, tells of four middle school outcasts who are often called the worst names by other students and how they find each other. The group uses the rallying cry, "Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit" to effect change at the school.
Howe read and discussed select passages from the novel as well as some of his other works and students prepared questions based on what they read and discussed in class.
Together, Howe and the students explored the topic of bullying and the importance of respecting others’ differences by having students describe the characteristics of different groups of students at BMS.