War and Pizza

Young Adult - Social Issues
344 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2015
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Author Biography

Enjoys reading all sorts of genres, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, religion, action, biographies. You name it. Also likes teaching writing to young adults. Would like story to be a much bigger part of our society because we can learn so much about ourselves. War and Pizza is Robert Allen's first self-published book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In War and Pizza by Robert Allen, fifteen-year-old Marvin Moore was a kid from the wrong side of the city. He and his four orphan friends had been in and out of so many foster homes until they decided to take matters into their own hands and 'build' a home of their own - in a junkyard. New laws were being passed every day to specifically outlaw people like them from the city and from all the services the city provided, including school. However, Marvin had had enough and was now determined to break the rules. Through his usual sneaky methods, he managed to land himself a spot in the Empire Little League. Marvin being on the baseball team was an abomination of the highest form, for the league was reserved for kids from the elite families and was no place for junkyard trash like him. Everyone on the team was out to make his stay a living hell, but his resolve would not be beaten. He was determined to make it against all odds, and maybe even bring some much-needed change to the county.

War and Pizza by Robert Allen is a one of a kind YA novel, telling the story of five young heroes and their struggle for survival in a harsh society with no one to depend on but themselves. I loved their version of family and how, no matter how many times life tested them, they always found their way back together. Their story is heartbreaking, but also very inspiring. It is so compelling it will make you think twice next time before you dismiss a street kid as a little nobody. Robert Allen did a perfect job bringing the story to life through a captivating plot and portraying the amazing characters in those five orphans and their loving, loyal and, above all, brave young hearts.

Kathryn Bennett

War and Pizza by Robert Allen introduces us to Marvin, who is a 15-year-old outcast. He lives in a junkyard owned by Mr. O. The town is called Upper Squares and, like many places, the rich get richer while they grab for power and the poor are treated like nobodies; in fact the rich just want to get rid of them. Marvin decides to fight back and he has a bunch of orphans to back him up. Marvin gets on a baseball team and finds his personal arch-nemesis, the power hungry Boyd Lakes. He would prefer to just ignore Marvin and get rid of him. Marvin, however, is made of stronger stuff than that and will not be forced off the team.

This is a great story and an inspirational read. We need more young adult books like this; creative and interesting, while giving a story that has a strong moral and a great group of characters. Marvin is a kid who just does not seem to have anything in his life, but he still wants to fight; he still finds something to fight for, and gives of his best. This is something that all of us need to learn to do in our lives. Robert Allen has written a book that teaches a lesson to both kids and adults alike, and can be enjoyed by anyone. It is a page turner that I would highly recommend.

K.C. Finn

War and Pizza is a middle grade novel by Robert Allen which focuses on social class issues and the hidden power of being an underdog. The plot centers on the sport of baseball in a neighbourhood called Upper Squares, where the class divide between rich and poor is so extreme that children, like our hero Marvin, are living on rubbish dumps just to survive. Marvin winds his way onto a baseball team, filled with boys from well-off backgrounds, and immediately angers their influential coach Boyd Lakes. Despite Marvin’s endless persecution from his coach and fellow teammates, his dedication to the sport of baseball makes him a winner in the eyes of the watching fans. So much so, in fact, that a powder keg of political activism is about to be lit right beneath his feet.

As an adult reading War and Pizza, I found myself wondering whether its legislative and political themes would have been better suited to a young adult audience than a middle grade one. That said, Robert Allen has produced a well written novel with an engaging troupe of characters in Marvin and his junkyard friends, with vivid descriptions and a clear commitment to glorifying the sport of baseball. The social issues of the novel are handled simply, but they deliver a warm-hearted message about success depending on what you can do rather than what you’re born into. Overall, I found War and Pizza to be enjoyable read with an uplifting message and a fast paced, easy to follow plot.