Competitive eating vies with family expectations in a funny, heartfelt novel for middle-grade readers by National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.
David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he’ll have to do better: he’s going to compete in the Super Pigorino Bowl, the world’s greatest pizza-eating contest, and he has to win it, because he borrowed his mom’s credit card and accidentally spent $2,000 on it. So he really needs that prize money. Like, yesterday. As if training to be a competitive eater weren’t enough, he’s also got to keep an eye on his little brother, Mal (who, if the family believed in labels, would be labeled autistic, but they don’t, so they just label him Mal). And don’t even get started on the new weirdness going on between his two best friends, Cyn and HeyMan. Master talent Pete Hautman has cooked up a rich narrative shot through with equal parts humor and tenderness, and the result is a middle-grade novel too delicious to put down.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.76(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award–winning Godless, the Klaatu Diskos trilogy, and Eden West. Pete Hautman divides his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
SLIDER was a fun, enjoyable read. A book about a teen, in this case, David, entering a food eating contest isn't one that I've read before. Major points for a unique premise. I know SLIDER will appeal to the students at my school, so I added it to my end of the year order. I cannot wait to book talk it and hear what their opinions are. Aside from the main focus of the contest, the story also has a serious side. David's younger brother, Mal, has autism and David seems to be the one both parents rely on to watch over/care for Mal. I really liked the scenes when it was just David and Mal. Must have for any school library. Would make a good read aloud with plenty to discuss. eARC provided by NetGalley for honest review.
One of my favorite books and i just started reading it:)