Cover image of TOTALLY JOE by James Howe

Cover image of TOTALLY JOE by James Howe

BOOK JACKET BLURB: Meet Joe Bunch. Lovable misfit and celebrity wannabe from Paintbrush Falls, New York. Like his longtime best friends Addie, Skeezie, and Bobby, Joe’s been called names all his life. So when he’s given the assignment to write his alphabiography — the story of his life from A to Z — Joe has his doubts. This whole thing could be serious ammunition for bullying if it falls into the wrong hands. But Joe discovers there’s more to the assignment — and his life — than meets the eye. Especially when he gets to the letter C, which stands for Colin Briggs, the coolest guy in the seventh grade (seriously) — and Joe’s secret boyfriend. By the time Joe gets to the letter Z, he’s pretty much bared his soul about everything. And Joe’s okay with that because he likes who he is. He’s Totally Joe, and that’s the best thing for him to be. Here is an exuberant, funny, totally original story of one boy’s coming out — and coming-of-age.Sequel to The Misfits

Published by Atheneum, 2005, $15.95
189 pages
Release date: September 1, 2005
ISBN: 978068983957


Nominated for Lambda Literary Award, 2006


Publishers Weekly, October 3, 2005

Artvoice, March 30, 2006

Oasis Journal, January 22, 2007

Young Adult Books Central, September 8, 2007

“I’m Here, I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?,” June 10, 2008



Teaching Tolerance, Spring 2006


Children’s Literature


Banned Books Week Article, Marshall University Library

Entry in Urban Dictionary

Banned Books Awareness: In Our Mothers’ House,” June 17, 2012


Author on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Howe

Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/james-howe

Simon & Schuster: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/James-Howe/20539048

Headshot of James Howe

Headshot of James Howe


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