A werewolf with allergies, a vampire with no fangs, a chatterbox ghost and a hyperactive zombie.
Achoo, Mina, Boo and Zoe – four school friends failing at being who they are supposed to be, are brought closer together by an errant Rounders ball.
The Wall is a place that marks the border between their world and the world of … who knows?
When the Rounders ball is hit over The Wall, Boo challenges the scare stories that Achoo, Mina and Zoe have been told, enticing them to seek out a forbidden place that ultimately changes their lives forever.
Meet The Misfits…
He likes playing video games, chatting with his friends, Matchbox cars, comic books and his assortment of beanbags, which allow him to do what he loves most of all…sleep!
Achoo has allergies which affect his control over his inner self. If he sneezes he wolfs out. Multiple sneezes are exhausting and cause him to fall asleep…..surprisingly!
He sleeps a lot. If he sits still too long, he falls asleep. If he stands still too long, he falls asleep. Basically, if he’s still, he falls asleep!
Achoo is a werewolf and, according to his dad, not a very good one…
She love bright colours, flowers, butterflies and the feel of the sun warming her cheeks.
Her favourite colour is pink and she likes to wear a flower in her hair, behind her ear.
Mina prefers salads to red meat and refuses point blank to drink human blood.
Her favourite past time is drinking juice through a straw placed in the gap where her fangs should be; it annoys her mother.
Mina is a vampire and, according to her mother, not a very good one…
He hails from the time and town of Jack the Ripper and his outfits are a constant source of amusement, as is his accent.
Boo is a simple soul. He likes nothing more than to sit down for a good old chinwag or take centre stage to spin a good yarn; it all depends on his audience.
He has a very short attention span which gets him into all sorts of predicaments, especially when he’s supposed to be walking through things!
Boo is a ghost and, according to his dad, not a very good one…
She likes speed, whether it be whizzing around on her roller blades, her scooter or her skateboard, she doesn’t mind, though her roller blades are her favourite.
The problem she has is that no one else in her family likes to move very fast and so accidents are a frequent occurrence.
Along with her “wheels”, Zoe always carries a roll of duct tape in her back-pack, to tape back in place those pesky body parts that tend to fall off at speed!
Zoe is a zombie and, according to her mum, not a very good one…
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What Readers Said…
Friendship and Laughter
I like the idea of Achoo wolfing in and out!!! Makes me laugh at the thought of it! I also liked how The Misfits were all very different and found friendship in each other.
Review by Dion, aged 8
There Must be Sequels!
I loved how each character was introduced with their own chapter.
I loved the fact that they didn’t fit into the ‘norm’, but it also made me feel a little sorry for them all starting school. I had to read on then to find out what happened!
When The Wall was introduced, I was really intrigued and thought that this was a great twist to the story.
This must just be the first book, there must be sequels!
Review by Tilly, aged 8
From Losers to Heroes in One Day!
I really liked the mystery of The Wall and loved Fergus the cat. It was great how the story was set over one day and how The Misfits started out as losers, but ended up as heroes.
The character’s personalities were great and I loved the happy ending 🙂
Review by Kane, aged 9
The Misfits was just ‘amazing’!
Review by Ben, aged 9
We Loved Boo!
Boo was our favourite character. He was so funny and we could really imagine what he looked like, which was helped by his cockney accent!
We also loved the cookies and lemonade in the story as this portrayed the old lady in a nice and caring way.
Review by Anons, aged 10 and 12
The Misfits is an Amazing Book, Full of Laughter.
I loved it! The characters have quirky personalities which make them unique. As well as that, I really enjoyed the storyline – a daring adventure with four friends going off to explore. It really drew me in. My favourite character was Boo. His upbeat personality is the complete opposite to his tragic backstory. My overall opinion is that The Misfits is an amazing book, full of laughter.
Review by Chloe, aged 9
Long Live The Misfits!
One strength of a good book is one that leaves you wanting more. ‘The Misfits’ ends tauntingly “… looking forward to what tomorrow will bring”. I, for one, hope there is a tomorrow for The Misfits and I hope it comes quickly. This is a delightful read. It is underpinned by clever writing and excellent characterisation. Achoo, Boo, Mina and Zoe are all disappointments to their werewolf, ghost, vampire and zombie parents: they just don’t do what it says on the tin. The short chapters will lead the young reader (8+) through a series of scene-setting stories culminating in their scaling The Wall and giving them a life lesson none can forget. This beguiling book will appeal to accomplished and reluctant readers alike: I defy any child not to want to know what happens next. I believe that The Misfits are here to stay. The delightful cover had me seeing these characters becoming a cartoon series. Long live The Misfits!
Review by Jenny
First Book in a Brilliant New Series
This is a fantastic book. It introduces a wonderful cast of characters, each one intriguing and engaging; a zombie, a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost, none of whom are very good at what their families believe they are supposed to do. I found it hard to pick a favourite character, because they are all so well created. It tells a story which is funny and at the same time has a very clear message – be yourself and don’t always try to conform because sometimes your uniqueness is what makes you special. The cover is eye-catching, with brilliant character designs by Jonathan Brier. I really hope this is the first in a long series because I can’t wait to find out what the Misfits get up to next. I recommend you get on now at the start of what looks like being a fun journey.
Review by Bob Stone
The Marvellous Misfits!
Oh what a joy this book is to read. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I was right there, lost in the descriptions and emotions of feeling like an outcast. This is a great book to boost the confidence of children ( and adults;)… about the importance of being yourself and in the tolerance of differences. There’s room for us all! A refreshing book for our time!!!!
Review by Lisa McLoughlin
Charming Supernatural Characters
I loved the characters in this book; very charming kids even though they aren’t ‘who they’re supposed to be’. But…are any of us?? A great book for kids age 7+ to show them they don’t have to be the same as everyone else.
Review by MKB’s Mum
My eight year old daughter absolutely loved this book.
It helps children realise that we are all individuals and unique.
She couldn’t put it down !!
Review by Tilly’s Mum
Fantastic Book – My Son & Grandson Love It!
Fantastic book – my son and grandson love it! Another cant put down book written by the wonderfully talented Marie Cope! 10 stars if I could!
Review by Paula
Great story with great illustrations. Can’t wait to receive our copy!
My 8yr old loves all the characters 🤗
Review by Amazon Customer
What’s Not to Love About This Amazing Teen Book!
What’s not to love about this amazing teen book? Bought for my daughter who is 11 and she loved it! Thankyou x
Review by Raddish