Free Lunch review À 103

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free download à eBook or Kindle ePUB ã Rex Ogle 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. This book was devastating It 110% shows what it's like growing up poor with abusive parents and feeling like no one cares This book while it's a true depiction and I agree that kids need to have a vision of their life to cling to in times of need is almost too real and depressing for Juvenile Non Fiction where it is shelved at your local libraryThe first day of school he goes to school with a black eye his mother gave him His friends abandon him after they join the football team that he was almost allowed to join until stepdad beat up his mom He is saved by grandma on thanksgiving with new clothes and food only to have his crazy mother throw it all out while they were unaware The kids even had to give back the new clothes This turned my stomach It made me realize that my childhood parental drug use abuse spousal and neglect was bad it wasn't this bad My parents never would have let me go to bed hungry if they could have helped it nor would they have turned away charity from their parents and we did get it uite a few times It does realistically show the downward spiral that families go into when joblessness becomes an everyday reality for a parent It shows the resentfulness the working parent goes through BUT something that isn't normal is just how off this mother acted I personally am bipolar I think his mother was too She had her highs where she cleaned obsessively loved stepdad and little son obsessively and where she'd go out digging for discounts job hunting etc But she had LOW LOWs too where she'd cry like someone died she'd hide she'd blame others She was also always ANGRY And while I do understand anger is a thing with people in poverty I lived that too remember this woman's anger was very extra She was beyond angry and at her eldest son The hate she had for him was unreal I was unsure of how this book was going to end I wanted mama to find out she had a problem I wanted mama to kick out bad stepdad I wanted grandma to save the kids but like my grandparents she left them in the situation This book ended fast and almost unsatisfyingly It ended with mama getting a job and her being very happy and the family getting to eat at the buffet where she was recently employed I was waiting on the other shoe to drop when I turned the next to last page But instead it was happily ever afters I know that his life wasn't perfect after that I read his afterword etc But still I don't really know how to feel about the book as a whole It put me back into a bad place but it also made me appreciative that my life wasn't worse It made me feel horrible for the kids that went through worse I cried when horrible things happened to the eldest Turned pages in fear praying nothing worse was going to happen Then it's over snaps fingers Just like that I'm just left hanging and I'm at a what just happened point While the story was good the timeline we're dropped into is seamless that's just it We're dropped into one set point in time no real buildup and no real letdown It's a moment in time that we live with the eldest boy and his turmoil I think things could have been done better but frankly it was still good uotes bc this story is horrible but it was done decently I'm so impressed that this child survived and is now a successful adult He truly beat odds that were stacked against him so hard Good job Good job I too am working functional adult But unlike the author I am living in poverty still It's a hard cycle to get out of Many of us die trying

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Free Lunch review À 103 · 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 immediacy of physi 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. This is exceptionally well written; it is funny thought provoking and completely heartbreaking Why then did I give it 2 starswhile contemplating giving it 1 It gets an extra point for great writing Otherwise the sheer fact that at the end the author does not talk about if your parents are abusing you that is NOT okay They beat him abandoned him and his brother for days alone the first time when he was 9 and his brother was 2 with no phone and not enough food THIS IS ABUSE AND NOT OKAY The back of the book should of included information about what to do if you find yourself or friends in a similar situations not some sweetly written chapter about how his life got so much better when he realized that he was the problem Once he just internalizes the abuse and becomes the perfect son the abuse stopped as it coincided with both parents finally being employed at the same time Like I said the writing was great but the end message is such rubbish that I just feel bad for Rex Ogle and hope that he knows he did not do anything to deserve the abuse from his parents or teachers or anyone I'm sorry that was your life but please don't glorify it and sell it like it's a teachable moment to kids on how to be a better child If you read this book and you're going through the same things with your parents grandparents caregivers then here are some child abuse hotlinesIn the US or Canada Call Childhelp at 1 800 422 4453 or visit Child Welfare Information GatewayUK Call NSPCC Childline at 0800 1111Australia Visit CAPS for a hotline in your stateNew Zealand Call Kidsline at 0800 54 37 54Other international helplines Visit Child Helpline International

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Free LunchSchool 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