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.
JLG Release: Nov 2019
Awards & Honors
2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Winner
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist
8" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Norton Young Readers
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Homophobic Slur, Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse
Poverty, Hunger, Child abuse, Memoir, Middle schools, Family,