by Rex Ogle
Pub Date 10 Sep 2019
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A distinctive new voice: Rex Ogle’s story of starting middle school on the free lunch program is timely, heartbreaking, and true.
Free Lunch is the story of Rex Ogle’s first semester in sixth grade. Rex and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school’s free lunch program.
Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex’s is a compelling story of a more profound hunger—that of a child for his parents’ love and care.
Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told with the voice and point of view of a 6th-grade kid, Free Lunch is a remarkable debut by a gifted storyteller.
About the Author: A former children's book editor, Rex Ogle lives in Los Angeles. "This is my middle school experience," he says, "but I think it's an important story to tell, with nearly one in five children in America living in poverty."
"It's a fine balance carried by the author's outstanding, gracious writing and a clear eye for the penetrating truth.A mighty portrait of poverty amid cruelty and optimism." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review