Everything started back when Addie refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance; she was adamant about the fact that there wasn’t “liberty and justice for all” and, on principle, refused to say the pledge anymore. Even though her teacher didn’t quite seem to understand where she was coming from, her friends, the misfits, thought she was on to something. They were tired of being made fun of and mistreated, and they were fairly certain that nothing would improve unless they did something about it — so they decided to go about effecting that change by creating a third party in the student council elections. The book did get a little didactic at times, but I think many tween and teen readers will appreciate Addie’s brand of idealism and the fact that working together actually made a difference in the school. Fortunately, many schools are making an effort to teach character education and to promote an environment free from hatred
and bullying… but it’s still out there. Sadly, I’m all too certain there will always be kids who can relate to this story.