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Und 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 storytell. In this emotionally visceral brutally honest memoir Rex Ogle tells the story of his first semester in sixth grade He and his baby brother often went hungry wore secondhand clothes and were short of school supplies His mother is cruel and abusive and his stepfather violently abusive to his mother Humiliated Rex is desperate to keep secret from his schoolmates that he is on the free lunch program and living in government subsidized housing A harsh painfully realistic look at poverty through the eyes of a child with some welcome reprieves of compassion and optimism A exceptionally crafted story worthy of a wide audience

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Free LunchA mighty portrait of poverty amid cruelty and optimism Kirkus starred review 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. A powerful memoir where the author relived his first semester of sixth grade and the struggles and feelings of shame he experienced while living with food insecurity emotional and physical abuse and the realities of a system where children by lottery of birth find themselves constantly hungry angry shamed treated differently while having to sit in class next to children who have everything What struck me especially about this was the inescapability of Rex’s situation No magic solutions No fairy godmothers There has been a lot in the news lately about awareness over lunch debt That scene at the Walmart with Rex and his mom where they tried to buy school supplies the scene with his grandmother scene after scene brought tears to my eyes I was impressed with the way that even when the author could make me really dislike a character he managed to paint them with a slightly redeeming side too This was really well written Trigger Warnings view spoiler physical and emotional abuse food shaming hide spoiler

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Free Lunch Free download Á 100 ï A mighty portrait of poverty amid cruelty and optimism—Kirkus starred review 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 immeSchool 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 profo. I received this book in exchange for an honest reviewThis book deals with Rex Ogle's childhood specifically the first half of 6th grade the start of middle school and his shame of being on the free lunch program In the author notes at the end he mentions that he wanted to write this book because he doesn't remember seeing books like this growing up how alone he felt because he didn't know that other people were dealing with the same problems carrying the same shame There's a stigma about being poor but no child should feel like they are worth less because of the situation they were born into He did a decent job tackling the subject and this book definitely helps shine a light on the psyche of the children who are on the free lunch programIn May of this year a school district in Rhode Island decided to tackle their school lunch debt issue by giving unpaid bills only one option for their lunches sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches Obviously public pressure and a sizeable donation from Chobani forced the district to reverse that decision The thing is this is only the most recent that got national attention in a long line of lunch shaming of students Here's an article about an elementary school in Alabama stamping kids that were in lunch debt Here's an article about a school in Utah where the kids lunches were thrown out in front of everyone at the checkout because they had an outstanding balance This is an article that is about lunch shaming in general Every time some bureaucrat talks about the importance of the budget and district finances they're forgetting that there are actual conseuences to their decisions The shaming that leads to ostracizing and bullying; or the impact of low nutritious value foods on children And that's not even talking about how those things impact a child emotionally and psychologically and how that sticks with them I think it's great that this book brings the conversation out into the open because it doesn't shy away from how Rex felt being on the program or how he desperately tried to hide it from people The book also deals with the emotional and physical abuse that Rex experienced growing up Both his mother and her boyfriend were volatile and violent and snapped at a moments notice Rex doesn't sugarcoat any of it nor does he try to adult his feelings As an adult reader you know that the parents are clearly in the wrong but 6th grade Rex is going to feel that he's in the wrong for daring to ask for pens and pencils for school 6th grade Rex is going to think he deserves the black eyes 6th grade Rex is going to hear the ridiculously abuse things that's being hurled at him and internalize it As much as you want there to be a realization within the book it's clearly unrealistic heart breakingly so I know this is autobiographical and also that he wanted to end it on a positive note where there is stability in their lives and things are looking up But the thing is it's almost sad knowing that the happiness will be short lived because nothing about his mother or her boyfriend at a deeper level has changed