Jess likes art and drawing. His skills are not appreciated by his traditional family and the other kids at school. He often feels like a misfit within his own family. Leslie is a bit of a tomboy and wins the "races" at recess against the boys. This is unheard of for a girl to do, so she is quickly thought of as a misfit,too. Leslie also dresses differently than the other kids the first day of school and she mentions in class that she doesn't have a television. The other students in this small town think of her as odd. Jess recognizes that. They both enjoy using their imaginations. Both also get bullied by Janice Avery.