Meet the Misfits

Meet the Misfits

by Melody Carlson


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Zoey's pretty sure her life is over when her wannaba-rockstar mother uproots her from from their home in Seattle and deposits her in Nowheresville, Oregon to live with her whackadoodle grandparents. Things start to look up, though, when she reconnects with Louisa, the girl from across the street. Maybe, just maybe, Louisa won't mind that Zoey's always been a bit of a misfit. Louisa's ex-BFF, however, doesn't seem too happy to welcome Zoey to the neighborhood. And when they all end up at church camp together, it's not just a matter of whether or not Zoey can fit in…it becomes a firsthand lesson in what it really means to "love your enemy."

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ISBN-13: 9781946531377
Publisher: Whitefire Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Misfits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ABook_ADay 7 months ago
No one likes the feeling of not fitting in but that is exactly how Zoey feels. Under a tough situation, Zoey has to move in with her grandparents. Although it seems like the worst possible situation to be moved from everything you know, the situation seems to be a positive move when Zoey becomes friends with Louisa. Things seem so ideal until Zoey seems to have upset Louisa’s friend, who seems to be moving in a different direction with middle school right around the corner. I am always looking for a book for my girls to read that has a positive message and is age appropriate. This series meets both criteria and the icing on the cake is it is a Christian fiction with a message. It is so refreshing that I can find a wonderful series to share with my girls. Zoey was a realistic character and her thoughts were very relatable to tween girls. I feel as if Melody Carlson may have shadowed my daughter to write some of the circumstances because it is situations we have walked through. I feel as if reading about it in a fiction may help her to see the situation differently and not so alone in relationship issues. I can’t wait to get her opinion of the book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
Ourpugs 8 months ago
Meet the Misfits Being Zoey Zoey is left with her grandparents while her goes off to follow her dreams. I love her grandparents. So much fun that her grandfather has a garden and into eating healthy. Zoey makes friends with Louisa who lives across the street. I love her family. But there is Louisa ex best friend that isn’t very nice. This is a book for young girls but I enjoyed it even though I am old. I know for sure a young girl would really enjoy it. Odd Girl out This story left me feeling so bad for Zoey. She is busy bullied and more ways than one. Will she be able to to get it all worked out? It is so hard at school, to be bullied makes it even harder to learn. You don’t even want to go to school. So sad that happens. This would be a good book for every age to read especially if you are a mother. Even though this is a fiction book I am sure things like this happen. So sad. I received a complimentary copy of both books from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.
vics49548 8 months ago
Both books in the Being Zoey series are wonderful reads for the preteen girl in your life. Your child will relate to Zoey and all the angst that goes with the age. BFFs, new school in a new town, peer pressure, bullying; these books have it all. Including the plan for salvation as we see someone give their life to Jesus. With well developed characters, author Melody Carlson does a good job of describing the preteen years in these books. Not only will you remember what it was like to be that age, but these books will help you connect with your child who’s dealing with these issues. I recommend them! I received a complimentary copy of each of these books but was not required to leave a review.
Deana0326 8 months ago
Meet The Misfits starts a series that is geared towards pre-teens. I found Zoe to be a perfect example of how most of us felt going to middle school. This is the age where you want to be cool and fit in. Zoe has come to live with her grandparents while her mom goes off to be in a rock band. That was kinda silly but it does show how some parents still have a dream they want to pursue. I remember how awkward I felt in school with cat glasses , permed hair and clothing that was made by my mother. I was definitely an outcast and hated even speaking in class. I was bullied everyday until I decided to stand up to them. It deflated my bullies and they stopped bothering me. One thing I do remember is that even though the bullying stopped, it did leave a scar on me for many years. Zoe meets a great friend in Louisa. Louisa is a great character who helps Zoe believe in herself and encourages her to trust in God. I loved the part about camp and how Zoe was a changed person because of something special that happens to her while at camp. Louisa is someone we would all want to be friends with. her family life is good and she shares her faith with Zoe and accepts her for who she is. One of the things I took away from this book was how this age group is vulnerable to finding their worth and wanting to be liked. The author does a good job of showing the struggles that every young person has experienced. The author does an excellent job of showing how difficult it is to overcome bullying. There were times I wanted to give Zoe a hug as the bullying became almost too much to handle. The story is good but mostly light hearted and doesn't go into the extremes of bullying. I was hoping for a more realistic look at bullying and how hard it can be. Zoe and Louisa become great friends and along the way try to fit in with their peers. It is a great lesson in self-esteem and loving each other even your enemies. The author does achieve the surface of what bullying is about and the struggle for someone to fit in at a new place. Zoe not only has been dumped on her grandparents but seem to be mostly on her own at times. The interaction with her grandparents is good, but i was hoping the author would explore the relationship better and have more hands on with Zoe and her struggles. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
amybooksy 8 months ago
Meet the Misfits begins the Melody Carlson series, Being Zoey. It tells the about a young girl moving from a big city, Seattle, Washington to the middle of Nowheresville, Oregon to live with her crazy grandparents. As she tries to find a why to live in this town, she starts to hang out with her neighbor, Louisa. This brings out some jealousy from some of the other girls in town. Will Zoey be able to fit in her new home? I enjoyed Meet the Misfits. I thought Miss Carlson did a great job portraying young girls. Even though I was not the target audience for this book, I thought it was a very good read. It is fun and has some great lessons for all ages to learn. I am giving Meet the Misfits five plus stars. I have already highly recommended this book to others and have passed my copy on to another young reader. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
5643437 8 months ago
I love reading books from Melody Carlson. As someone whose family moved around a lot when I was growing up, I was excited to read these two books. While they are geared for middle school girls, there are points we can all learn from. I have to say these two books did not disappoint. As someone who did not feel like I belonged growing up, I can appreciate these stories. Being the new kid is hard. Being around mean kids (and some kids are just mean) makes it even harder. I feel like Melody Carlson did an excellent job of conveying the feelings a preteen girl might have when she is the new kid. These two books work hand-in-hand to tell the story of Zoey. Making enemies always makes things more difficult. Plus, enemies have a way of constantly showing up. These two books illustrate that point. Many children/preteens/teens do not like new kids entering their territory. I have experienced it firsthand. I feel Melody Carlson did an excellent job of connecting the two stories into one overall story that is worth reading. So if you are looking for excellent books about the preteen years, check out this series for yourself. I received a copy of these books for my fair and honest review.
Kathae 8 months ago
The first book of the Being Zoey series, Meet the Misfits, was easy to enjoy. For being a middle-grade novel, it was a pleasant read for this adult. Why? Because the first-person narrative worked. It was especially important to get inside Zoey's head. Secondly, Zoey was a believable character. She was a pretty upbeat, down-to-earth girl, who appreciated beauty and authenticity, and was willing to try new things. She reacted to good and bad events in a way that is expected of someone her age. The final thing that I especially appreciated was that even in the midst of plenty of conflict, the story did not get too angsty. The reactions of characters were always age-appropriate. Author Melody Carlson gets her audience, and I highly recommend this book for tween readers. I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, WhiteSpark Publishing, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Librarycataloger 8 months ago
As I read this first book in a new series by Melody Carlson, I found so much to love about Meet the Misfits. Yes, it is intended for girls who are ten or older, but I found it very enjoyable and I am a grandmother many years past being ten. Zoey is an eleven year old girl from Seattle, WA who is left to spend some time at her grandparents house in Cedarville, Oregon. She is at first very upset with her mother for uprooting her but she begins to realize that her grandparents and her Uncle Ned aren't so bad after all. Living across the street from a girl her own age is certainly a big part of her gradual acceptance and she and Louisa experience becoming best friends in the next few weeks. Zoey and Louisa enjoy the same things and they aren't quite ready to enter the world of boys, makeup, and constantly worrying about their clothes and their looks. Zoey soon experiences being the target of many insults and pranks from Louisa's friend Kayla and I was reminded of some similar occurences when I was growing up. Bullying certainly isn't new and Zoey and Louisa are confronted with the evidence that some people are naturally jealous and just not very nice. Carlson uses this as a way to introduce Zoey to the concept that since Jesus loves everyone, we are expected to do the same. I especially liked that Zoey came to know God and Jesus at a church youth camp. Meet the MIsfits is a great introduction to the Being Zoey series and it is a book that I plan to share with my granddaughter when she is a little older. It offers entertainment as it teaches morals and Christian values and Zoey is the perfect example of a young girl facing the problems associated with growing up. I received a complimentary digital copy from Celebrate Lit Tours but I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.
Suzie_W 8 months ago
What eleven-year-old girl wouldn’t be upset about being taken away from not only her best friend but also the home she’s always known to be dropped off with grandparents she hardly knows? Young readers will relate to Zoey and her uncertainty with a move and plenty of friendship drama. Melody Carlson expertly weaves some important lessons into these 250 pages. Zoey learns she can make new friends wherever she is, her grandparents and uncle aren’t as weird as she believed when she gets to know them and being bullied is no fun. The first book in Carlson’s Being Zoey series is a wonderful introduction to Zoey, her friends, family, and new town while also leaving room for more adventures (and possible trouble) to come. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.