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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.
Publisher: Candlewick Pr 2017/09/12
ISBN: 9780763690700
0763690708
Branch Call Number: J HAUTMAN
Characteristics: 288 p. ;

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Can David win a professional eating competition to win enough money to pay off his mom's credit card before she notices the $2000 charge he accidentally made buying half a hot dog on an auction site? Also available as ebook.

A funny, warm-hearted story about families, growing up and the world of competitive eating. Hot dogs anyone?

A funny, warm-hearted story about families, growing up and the world of competitive eating. Hot dogs anyone?


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David Miller, is the middle child in family of five who lives in Vacaville, Iowa together with his parents, his older sister Bridgette, and his younger brother Mal. David loves to eat food and he’s a big fan of the famous eaters in the world. Accidentally, he spent two thousand dollars using his mom’s credit card without permission and now he has to fix the trouble he made. He was finding out different ways to earn money fast when he got an idea to join an eating competition. He decided to join Super Pigorino Bowl and with the help of his bestfriends Cyn and HayMan, he trains himself but he’s also in charge in taking care of his brother Mal, who is autistic.

I enjoyed reading the book because of the humor and the story itself. Using foods as the chapter title is very interesting and I like how everything is connected to food. I can say that the story is straightforward but it has such a good lesson to its readers about family, responsibilities, and friends. However, I think it would be better to have illustrations of the food and the characters, for example, to add imagery to its audience aside from the text messages.

Sliders has an excellent plot because I like how continuous the sequencing of events is, there’s also humor, and the characters has different personalities who all contributed to the lesson of the story.

I highly recommend this book to teenagers because I think they would be able to relate to David and they can apply the lesson of the book in real life. -Jade

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Slider by Pete Hautman tells a story about a life of a middle child living in a family with a autism brother. David feels lost, surrounded by a very smart sister and a autism makes him forget his identity. Then, David found his passion in eating. He can eat an entire sixteen inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds but he feels that he can do even better. David accidentally borrowed his mom’s credit card and spent two thousand dollars on the a half eaten hot dog. So he must compete in the Super Pigorini Bowl, the world’s greatest pizza eating contest for five thousand dollars to earn the money back. On top of training for the contest, David also have to look after his little brother Mal, who is autistic. David also has two best friends.

I enjoy reading this book since it feels heartwarming, funny, and humorous. The dialogue in this book are also very intriguing. My favourite character in this book is Mal. It is very interesting to read about Mal’s uniqueness in the book

I would recommend this book to elementary students both girl and boys who enjoy reading realistic fiction. I believe that students could learn about perseverance loyalty in family and friends.

-by Ria C.

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