Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? David’s overachieving older sister is away at college earning her usual plethora of “A’s”, while his younger brother Mal (who sounds like he is autistic though the word isn’t used) requires constant monitoring by the whole family. In comparison, middle child David has no special issues and often feels invisible. There is one thing at which he excels – his capacity to eat. He isn’t overweight; he just has a talent for packing away large volumes of food. David begins to enter eating contests so he can win back money he accidentally spent in an online auction. Though the plot follows his path to a national competition, the heart of this story concerns how David’s family copes and even thrives while raising a child with special needs. As a plus, almost everyone in the story models basic decency. For readers who stick with the story, there is a sweet and realistic ending.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for upper middle school.
Who should buy this book? Middle school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with realistic fiction.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 2/24/18