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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.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on September 12, 2017 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763690708
ISBN-13: 9780763690700
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  • leaverseman
    leaversemanSaturday, June 20, 2020 at 11:48 am55 stars
    14-year-old David Miller loves to eat. A lot. Of food. So when he makes a terrible bid on a famous half-eaten hot dog, he finds the perfect fix. Right? The Super Pigorino Bowl is full of competitive eaters, and it seems impossible for David to win. Especially with the famous Egon Belt in town. With Mal, his autistic brother to babysit, drifting away from his friends HayMan and Cyn, and getting in trouble with his parents, you'd think that David already has enough on his plate. It'll take more than a cheater and his parents to stop David from winning that money. Because, he really needs it.
    • willow123goma
      willow123gomaTuesday, June 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm55 stars
      I just finished this book, and I loved it! This is about a boy who has a big appetite. Correction, HUGE Appetite. When he accidentally takes 2 Grand out of his Mom's bank account, he enters a eating contest to pay back for it. Join David as he juggles all the things on his plate.... Coming to understand his Autistic brother, coping with the guilt of not telling his mom about his mistake, and keeping his friendship with Heyman and Cyn. I am certain you will enjoy this book!
      • henhen
        henhenThursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm55 stars
        If you like eating contests this is your book
        • swatcop
          swatcopMonday, April 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm55 stars
          SO far so good
          • domosaur
            domosaurFriday, March 2, 2018 at 4:29 pm55 stars
            David has just made a huge mistake. He accidentally spent $2,000 on a half eaten hot dog, which may even be fake. Not only did he spend $2,000, he spent it on his mom’s credit card without her even knowing!!! He has to find a way to earn $2,000, and fast. David realizes he can use his skill of eating food fast to win money. Slowly he trains for small prizes, then finds out about the Super Pigorino bowl pizza-eating contest, with a $5,000 prize. On top of training without telling his parents, he has to take care of his brother Mal, who is autistic and only says “Okay.” Can David hide from his parents forever? Can he win the pizza-eating contest? To find out, read Slider, which I give 5 stars and recommend to anyone looking for a good comedy.