The Misfits Questions and Answers
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Bobby Goodspeed is one of the main characters of The Misfits. He is twelve years old, in seventh grade, and part of the Gang of Five, alongside his friends Addie, Joe, and Skeezie. (There are only four members of the gang, but the name comes from the thought that another kid who's a misfit like them will eventually want to join, too.)

Bobby is a bit overweight and often made fun of for how much he eats by way of name-calling (like "Dough-boy" and "Fluff," due to how he ate peanut butter fluff sandwiches every day in the third grade). Due to her issues with saying the Pledge of Allegiance, Addie asks to form a new political party for school elections, and the Gang of Five helps her hang up fliers; however, they need a stance that offers something different from the Democrat and Republican parties at the school.

When Bobby overhears the bully Kevin calling another student a "dweeb," he comes up with a new platform and slogan for the No-Name Party:

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit.

Bobby also works as a tie salesman at Awkworth & Ames Department Store for a man named Mr. Kellerman (dubbed Killer Man behind his back because of his mean nature). At one point in the story, Mr. Kellerman leaves for a few days, and Bobby learns that Mr. Kellerman's mother died. Since Bobby's mother died when he was young, he understands Mr. Kellerman's position. Bobby is slowly able to think of Mr. Kellerman as more human and to develop an understanding for the man.

The book is told from Bobby's perspective, giving us a bit more closeness with him, since he can be considered the main character—although the other three members of the Gang of Five could also be considered main characters of this novel.

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