Jordana Chana Mayim
Nikolas and the Misfit Shapes
Find Their Place
Nikolas doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. Everyone else he knows is a clearly recognizable shape.
Their edges are smooth, their sides even, their curves perfect.
But he's different. He has curves where others have straight lines and corners where others have curves.
Clothes don't fit him.
Floors make him go bumpity-bump.
And the other shapes make fun of him.
Nikolas is sure there is a place where he fits and sets off to find it.
He does, but it is NOTHING like he imagined...
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formats: ebook and paperback
age range: 8 and up
word count: 2000
year of publication: 2018
ebook: 978-1-948267-01-4 (mobipocket); 978-1-948267-07-6 (EPUB)
a few words from readers...
"I like this story because it tells the truth. We all feel like we don't fit in sometimes, but we never say it."
- Natalie, 11 years old
"This story says what happens in real life and why bullies bully."
- Diego, 9 years old
"Feeling different and alone, for many children, is the unfortunate foundation that lays the breeding ground for depression. Nikolas and the playful misfits are different. Learning to appreciate their uniqueness holds an important and essential message for children and adults. I would love every child to know how unique and special they are, because lack of self-acceptance and low self-esteem are the guaranteed harbingers of emotional pain. Conversely, appreciation of difference, and self-acceptance lays a strong foundation for security and success in work and love.
If we are to be successful in launching a campaign to champion mental health and prevent depression, books like this one need recognition."
- Dr. Sherry Reiter, excerpted from her review in The Museletter, for The National Association for Poetry Therapy