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Also Known as Elvis

Also Known as Elvis

(Part of The Misfits)
For Ages: 10 - 14
Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits.

Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn’t looking forward to this summer in Paintbrush Falls. While his best friends Bobby, Joe, and Addie are off on exciting adventures, he’s stuck at home, taking care of his sisters and working five days a week to help out his mom. True, he gets to hang out at the Candy Kitchen with the awesome HellomynameisSteffi, but he also has to contend with Kevin Hennessey’s never-ending bullying. And then there’s the confusing world of girls, especially hot-and-cold Becca, his maybe-crush. And the dog that he misses terribly. And the dad who left two years before, whom Skeezie is convinced is the cause of all his troubles. In the words of the King, Skeezie Tookis is All Shook Up.

Skeezie’s got the leather jacket of a tough guy, but a heart of gold—and his story, the fourth and final chapter of the beloved Misfits series, is brimming with life’s tough choices, love in all directions, and enough sweet potato fries to go around.
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442445109 | 
  • April 2014 | 
  • Grades 5 - 9
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Also Known as Elvis FORUM: “What I’ll Be Doing on My Summer Vacation”
Skeezie:

If the service gets any slower in here . . .

Addie:

Relax, Skeezie. It’s summer.

Skeezie:

Meaning?

Addie:

Meaning, it’s okay for things to move slower.

Joe:

Besides, in case you haven’t noticed, HellomynameisSteffi is the only waitperson working today.

Skeezie:

“Waitperson”? Really?

Addie:
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About the Author

James Howe
Photograph by John Maggiotto

James Howe

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.

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