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Totally Joe by James Howe

Totally Joe (edition 2007)

by James Howe

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Title:Totally Joe
Authors:James Howe
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2007), Paperback, 208 pages
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Tags:fiction, middle grade, gay, M

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Totally Joe by James Howe

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    amysisson: "Flipped" tells the same events from two different perspectives, with earnest and real teen POV. "Totally Joe" has only one perspective but with a creative format -- and with the other books in this series, you do get that multiple POV. Both highly recommended.… (more)

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Technically the second in a group of connected books, yet capable of standing on its own, Totally Joe is told from the point of view of Joe Bunch, a gay 12-year-old who is young enough that to still think kissing is kind of gross, yet old and self-aware enough to know that he likes boys, not girls.

One of the most charming aspects of this book is its format; Joe is working on an English assignment for which he must write his own autobiography with entries that start with the letters from A to Z. As such, this book, which I think would be considered middle grade or young adult or somewhere in between, is a quick read. ( )
  amysisson | Jul 9, 2015 |
A great attention grabber the moment you pick it up. I brings up a topic not many people like to talk about in our world today. With just a major topic the book finds the right way to add in comedy to make it easy and fun to read. This is a book every child needs to read because we all need to be educated in these topics. ( )
  amccann | Jan 9, 2015 |
Totally Joe by James Howe was probably one of my favorite books because of the humor and lightheartedness. Obviously I did not want to read the book at first because I hate to be forced to read, but after I started it (albeit late) I loved it! I love how they talk about such a real issue and make it so comfortable to talk about. I think that is how it is supposed to be. I would recommend this book to grades fifth through eight, but I think it would be a good read for anyone. Students could learn about acceptance. People are different, people will always be different and we just have to accept it and move on. ( )
  Nijania | Dec 4, 2014 |
I loved Totally Joe! Once I started to read it, I could not put it down. This book brings up a hard topic, and shows it on a lighter note for teenagers. Joe shows readers that being yourself is the best way to go. ( )
  kwolinski | Dec 3, 2014 |
Totally Joe was my favorite book I read in my Children's Literature class. The book took a very serious subject and made it feel lighter. Totally Joe showed the happiness of letting everyone know and see who you truly are. The book is about a boy,Joe, who knows he is gay and different. In the book he has a relationship with another boy is not open yet about being gay, Joe and his friends try to make their school a more accepting place. They try to end name calling as a group. The book shows the benefits of being open about who you are. As a reader I enjoyed seeing the positive side. I wish we could have discussed the book more. ( )
  marabie | Dec 3, 2014 |
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Meet Joe Bunch, lovable misfit and celebrity wannabe from Paintbrush Falles, 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. The 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.
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"Everybody says you and Colin were kissing."

"What? That's ridiculous!"

"For heaven's sake, Joe, if you and Colin want to kiss, you have every right to."

"We did not kiss," I told her.

Addie shrugged. "Whatever."

What was it with my friends?

From the creator of The Misfits, the book that inspired NATIONAL NO NAME-CALLING WEEK, comes the story of Joe Bunch....

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As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

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