Book Review: Free Lunch by Rex Ogle #FreeLunch #BookReview #MiddleGrade #Memoir

Free Lunch

By Rex Ogle

Blurb:

Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has signed him up for free meals. As a poor kid in a wealthy school district, better-off kids crowd impatiently behind him as he tries to explain to the cashier that he’s on the free meal program. The lunch lady is hard of hearing, so Rex has to shout.

Free Lunch is the story of Rex’s efforts to navigate his first semester of sixth grade—who to sit with, not being able to join the football team, Halloween in a handmade costume, classmates and a teacher who take one look at him and decide he’s trouble—all while wearing secondhand clothes and being hungry. His mom and her boyfriend are out of work, and life at home is punctuated by outbursts of violence. Halfway through the semester, his family is evicted and ends up in government-subsidized housing in view of the school. Rex lingers at the end of last period every day until the buses have left, so no one will see where he lives.

Unsparing and realistic, Free Lunch is a story of hardship threaded with hope and moments of grace. Rex’s voice is compelling and authentic, and Free Lunch is a true, timely, and essential work that illuminates the lived experience of poverty in America

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Music Monday: The Weeknd “Save Your Tears” #MusicMonday #TheWeeknd #Music #AfterHours

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

Last time I shared:

The SteelDrivers “Where Rainbows Never Die”


This week’s share:

The Weeknd

“Save Your Tears”

I was shocked to see the Weeknd’s transformation after it appeared he had very realistic damage and bandages on his face last year. When asked about the head bandages and prosthetics used to create this character, the Weeknd stated, “The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.”

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