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G.C. McRae

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Brian McSpadden leads a pretty boring life. His parents are a little older and very strict. His mom spends most of her time taking care of Brian's younger brothers who seem to have constant issues and can never seem to feed Brian enough. This all changes around Brian's 12th birthday. First, Brian's chaotic friend Danny manges to get Brian in trouble even when he didn't do anything. Now, Brian and Danny are stuck doing chores for Danny's. Then, Brian receives a strange birthday present and a call from his adoption agency saying that his birth mother wants to get in touch with him for his birthday. In addition to finding a whole new family, Brian gets roped into the drama with Danny's extended family and his cousin Alvin. Will Brian be able to figure it all out?

Free Pizza is a charming, wholesome and amusing story about a very typical 12 year old boy. I immediately felt as if Brian could be any 12 year old boy that I had known, always hungry, trying to do his best, but somehow keeps getting in trouble. One of the things that I liked best in the book was that Brian was adopted, but that is not what the story centers around. Even though Brian should be focused on the momentous event of meeting his birth mother and discovering a whole other family, it takes a back seat to his own family and the craziness of Danny's family. There were elements of suspense and adventure tied in with Danny's neighbor, Grantree and an expensive stamp collection as well as Danny's sick aunt and having to find Alvin a place to stay. Between Brian's family, his birth mother's family and Danny's family, the fact that there is no normal is really highlighted. Each of these families are unique and a little crazy in their own way, but all of them share love and acceptance.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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Mishker | 1 other review | May 2, 2019 |
This is a good book portraying what many adolescence experience. It is, primarily, about a twelve-year-old boy and his friend and the mayhem they experience one summer. It is also about insecurities and "finding oneself". Brian has an additional challenge since he is adopted. However, this story strongly suggests each individual has issues each has to overcome.
Brian receives a Free Pizza card on his birthday that is not free pizza at all. This is just one event in a very confusing, yet spectacular, time period surrounding his twelfth birthday. It is surely one he will remember!
This story is well-written, with humor, action adventure and mystery included within iuts pages. However, I would not recommend it to those I am close to because of the occasional profanity, I feel, ruined it for older elementary and young adult reading. Although profanity is ramped in society, I feel it should not be encourage, especially among children. It is a poor use of literary content.
The characters were developed well and the scenes were easily visualized. The Book Title and Cover were eye-catching.

*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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LAWonder10 | 1 other review | May 1, 2019 |
The first ¾ of this book is highly entertaining and comes to a natural ending. The rest of the book is still entertaining but left me confused. YA sensitive to dead farm animals and mild swearing will not enjoy this but most would find parts hilarious and the overall premise engaging
 
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JaiW | 1 other review | Mar 7, 2014 |
This is a really good children's reader... ideal for boys who like dirt , getting into scrapes and all things gross and alien. There is a giant hole in the market for books like this.
All in all, a well written adventure book for children that I have no hesitation in recommending.
 
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dlga | 1 other review | Mar 3, 2014 |

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