Free Lunch

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Age Groups: Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15

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.

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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SKU 131178
ISBN 9781324016946
Language English
Lexile ® Measure HL540L
Guided Reading Level Z+
Page Count 240
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Middle Grade Nonfiction
Primary Contributor Free Lunch
Age Groups Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15
Publisher Norton Young Readers