Vol. 71 No. 3 (2023): NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics
Book Review

Book Review: The Misfits

I. M. Nick
American Name Society

Published 2023-08-22


The Misfits. By James Howe. New York: Simon and Schuster. 2021 (28th edition). Pp. 304. $8.99. (Paperback). ISBN 13: 978-0-689-83956-6.


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  2. American Library Association (ALA). 2022 “Censorship by the Numbers”. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/by-the-numbers
  3. American Library Association (ALA). 2023. “Challenges to Freedom to Read, 2013-2022.” Office of Intellectual Freedom. April 19, 2023. Accessed June 30, 2023. https://public.flourish.studio/story/1882667/
  4. Armitage, Richard. 2021. “Bullying in Children: Impact on Child Health”. BMJ Pediatrics Open 5: e000939. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000939
  5. Basile, Kathleen, Heather Clayton, Sarah DeGue, John Gilford, Kevin Vagi, Nicolas Suarez, Marissa Zwald, and Richard Lowry. 2019. “Interpersonal Violence Victimization Among High School Students: Youth Risk Behavior Survey.” MMWR Supplements 69, no. 1: 28–37.
  6. Bochenek, Michael, and A. Widney Brown. 2001. Hatred In the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students in U. S. Schools. NCJ Number 188824. U.S. Department of Justice. Human Rights Watch. Accessed June 30, 2023. https://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2001/uslgbt/toc.htm
  7. Cary, Alice. 2011. “James Howe: Searching for Addie’s Voice.” Interview by Alice Cary. Accessed June 30, 2023. https://www.bookpage.com/interviews/8718-james-howe-childrens/
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2020. Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary and Trend Report 2009-2019.
  9. Ciabattari, Jane. 2023, May 26. “Why is the US Banning Children’s Books.” Accessed June 30, 2023. https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20230525-how-book-banning-escalated-in-the-us
  10. Crozier, W. Ray., and Evanthia Skiliopidon. 2002. “Adult Recollections of Name-Calling at School.” An International Journal of Educational Psychology. 22, no. 1: 113–124.
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  12. Davis, Jordan, Joan Tucker, Michael Dunbar, Eric Pedersen, and Elizabeth D’Amico. 2020. “Effects of Homophobic Name-calling and Verbal Sexual Harassment on Substance Use Among Young Adults.” Aggressive Behavior 47, no. 1: 5–16.
  13. Farid Johnson, Nadine. 2023, March 28. “PEN America: U.S. Is Experiencing the Biggest Attack on First Amendment Rights in Generations.” https://pen.org/pen-america-testimony-first-amendment/
  14. Friedman, Jonathan, and Nadine Farid Johnson. 2022, September 19. “Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Censor Books in Schools.” Accessed June 30, 2023.
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  16. Goldstein, Richard. 2004. “Children’s Inhumanity to Children.” The Journal of Pediatrics 144, no. 1: 3–4.
  17. Lee, Barbara. 2021. “Congresswoman Barbara Lee Reintroduces A Resolution Recognizing No Name-calling Week.” Accessed June 30, 2023. https://lee.house.gov/news/press-releases/congresswoman-barbara-lee-reintroduces-a-resolution-recognizing-no-name-calling-week
  18. Lin, Kai, and Lin Liu. 2023. “Friendly Teasing or Traumatic Bullying? Examining the Conditioning Effect of Social Distance on the Negative Psychological Outcomes of Homophobic Name-Calling.” Journal of School Violence 22, no. 3: 429–441.
  19. Mynard, Helen, Stephen Joseph, and Jane Alexander. 2000. “Peer-Victimisation and Posttraumatic Stress in Adolescents.” Personality and Individual Differences 29, no. 5: 815–821.
  20. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Division of Violence Prevention. 2014. “The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What It Means for Schools.” Accessed June 30, 2023. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv/bullying-suicide-translation-final-a.pdf
  21. National Center for Education Statistics. 2021. “Bullying at School and Electronic Bullying”.
  22. PEN America. 2023, April 20. “The 11 Most Banned Books of the Start of the 2022-2023 School Year.” Accessed June 30, 2023. https://pen.org/banned-books-list-fall-2022/
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  24. Tolin, Lisa. 2023, February 14. “The Most Banned Picture Books of the 2021-2022 School Year.” Accessed June 30, 2023. https://pen.org/banned-picture-books-2022/
  25. Tucker, Joan, Brett Ewing, Dorothy Espelage, Harold Green, Kayla de la Haye, and Michael Pollard. 2016. “Longitudinal Associations of Homophobic Name-Calling Victimization with Psychological Distress and Alcohol Use During Adolescence.” Journal of Adolescent Health 59, no. 1: 110–119.
  26. Valido, Alberto, Gabriel Merrin, Dorothy Espelage, Luz Robinson, Kyle Nickodem, Katherine Ingram, America El Sheikh, Cagil Torgal, and Jarvi Fairclough. 2022. “Social-Ecological Predictors of Homophobic Name-Calling Perpetration and Victimization Among Early Adolescents.” Journal of Early Adolescence 42, no. 9: 110–1151.