Author James Howe visited Roslyn Middle School and spoke to students on October 19. Mr. Howe is a writer of children’s books and is also the author of several acclaimed novels for older readers, including The Misfits, which was the school-wide reading assignment at the middle school in the summer of 2017. The Misfits inspired the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week, which is observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools each year.
Howe’s books frequently deal with the acceptance of difference, tolerance, bullying and being true to oneself. He addressed these very important themes in a series of lively exchanges with students during his visit.
He has also written Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known as Elvis, which are companion novels to The Misfits, as well as the teen novel, The Watcher. He is the editor of the anthologies The Color of Absence: 12 Stories About Loss and Hope and 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen.