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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny's house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.

Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do wit
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by MacDonald Warne Media
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Lynda Dickson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 12+
Shelves: middle-grade
“My story is completely weird. It’s all about potatoes and snot and people falling out of trees. It’s about stamps and boobs and it even has a farmer from Alpha Centauri. […] My story has almost nothing to do with pizza, tragically. It’s mostly about me getting to meet my birth mom …” So begins the story of Brian McSpadden, whose birth mother makes contact with him on his twelfth birthday. His aunt gives him a strangely prophetic card saying Free Pizza, but it’s not what he was expecting. Neithe ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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 spectacul
Laura Thomas
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book took me back to when I was a youngster. Brought up a lot of fun memories and reminded of how the highs were high and the lows were low. All that excitement and angst.

The story revolves around twelve year old Brian and events leading up to when he receives a birthday card for a free pizza. It’s also about how he deals with his older parents who, after adopting him, later had two young boys of their own. He questions his connection with all of them and turns to his best friend for compan
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Centered on the life of a ten year old, Brian, Free Pizza takes you through the complex and often confusing emotions of growing up with your adoptive parents and step siblings. This was the story of an “atypical” family and with interesting dynamics among the characters. The adoptive parents aren’t “evil” or apathetic. Brian isn’t acting out or rebelling – his step-siblings are as normal towards him as you can expect out of five year old kids.

Yet, there is a sense of discontentment and a feeling
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, books-to-review
I found this to be a well written book that explores what some kids may be experiencing in their lives.  Brian is adopted, and while loved by his parents, he wonders how he fits into the family after his parents had two biological children.  The parents never hid the fact from him which I appreciate.  However, I did find it odd that his mother would conspire with his biological mother for them to meet when he was just twelve with no word to Brian asking if he would like to meet her, just "Hey Br ...more
Angela Thompson
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Free Pizza is a Humorous--Yet Real--Look at the Family and Life of a 12-Year-old. The author really did a great job telling this story from the viewpoint of a 12-year-old boy. There were a few times that some adult wisdom crept in--but, mostly the story captured the personality and antics of its characters perfectly. I enjoyed reading Brian's thoughts--and following his adventures and misadventures from beginning to end. At first, I thought the introduction of the main character's birth mother w ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a tendency to read books based on their covers or titles and not what they are about. 99.9% of the time, I don’t read the excerpt so when I read a book, I have zero clue what I am reading.

In this case, not only did I have no clue what it was about; I apparently forgot (or didn’t know) it was considered a “middle-grade fiction”.

I have zero problems reading this genre. In fact, I enjoy it because I have two young readers at home. It’s nice to read a book that I can then pass onto them and t
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though my kids are grown now and I no longer read middle grade books, once in a while I get the itch to do so. Free Pizza was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it immensely. The title is catchy too and has a double meaning.

Twelve-year-old Brian is an adopted child. When he gets the chance to meet his birth mother, he is nervous and very excited. It's summer and Brian is bored and always hungry. He is a growing boy and his mother is stingy with food (my Italian motherly instincts kicked in imme
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Free Pizza introduces me to G. C. McRae’s writing. It tells the story about Brian McSpadden, the adopted kid with two younger siblings and likes to eat…. a lot! What young boy who does not? He likes to hang out at his buddy Danny’s house. Which leads into a little bit of trouble for the pair. For his birthday, Brian received an unexpected card that says Free Pizza. With this card, he finds that his life will not be the same.
I have to be honest; I was sure what to expect with this one. But I fou
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This cute, fun but full of emotions book introduces us to Brian. A young boy growing up with his adoptive parents and their two siblings. He struggles as any pre-teen would with this younger siblings – they drive him crazy. He struggles to find where he fits in with his family as he was adopted. He doesn’t feel close to them and struggles to find who he is. He is still learning right from wrong and is easily influenced by his closest friend in the world. The two together can get up to some prett ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is full of laughter and chaos that kids normally do

My daughter supposed to read this book, but she is so busy with school and activities, so I read it for her. It is a fun book to read. It deals with family, chaos, craziness and laughter that make this book fun to read.

Danny, one of the main characters reminds me of my son who is addicted to play video games. Brian reminds me of one of my sons' friend. This book is a chaos but in a good way. It involves normal life with how kids can d
Hazel Leu
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I found this a good read.
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Free Pizza is an interesting read that pulls you in from the beginning. A story of family, drama, and life lessons. Once I started reading I could not put down.
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