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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.