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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Free Lunch
How long does it take to read Free Lunch?
It takes about 3 Hours and 38 minutes on average for a reader to read Free Lunch. This is based on the average reading speed of 250 Words per minute.
What is the reading level for Free Lunch?
The recommended reading level for Free Lunch is 6th Grade through College Sophomore .
What is the Lexile score for Free Lunch?
The Lexile score for Free Lunch is 540.
How long is Free Lunch?
Free Lunch is 208 pages long.
- Who wrote Free Lunch?
Which awards has Free Lunch won?
in 2020 Free Lunch won the Yalsa Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults in category .
Books like Free Lunch
What should you read after Free Lunch Book? Here is a list of books to read if you read and loved Free Lunch
Other homelessness & poverty books you might enjoy
Book Reviews (0)
No customer reviews for the moment.