Kid’s Book Review: Louder than Hunger

Kid’s Book Review: Louder than Hunger

About the Book and Author

Jake feels alone at school and alone at home. Some days it feels like the only people who understand him is the poet Emily Dickinson – and Jake’s beloved grandma. But there is also the Voice inside him, louder than any other, who professes to know him best of all.

The one that says “You have me.”

The Voice is loud enough to drown out everything else, even the hunger Jake feels, until his mom intervenes and sends him to Whispering Pines.

Here Jake will learn how to confront the loneliness inside him, and find out who he is and what he has to live for. That is, if he can quiet the Voice…

John Schu has made a career out of advocating for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, and the people that connect them. He was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for his dynamic interactions with students and his passionate adoption of new technologies as a means of connecting authors, illustrators, books, and readers. He is the children’s librarian for Bookelicious, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and shares his love of reading with countless educators and students around the world. He served as the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs for almost 6 years.

He is the author of This Is a School (Candlewick Press, 2022) illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison, This Is a Story (Candlewick Press, 2023) illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, Louder Than Hunger (Candlewick, 2024) and The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life (Stenhouse, 2022). He is a contributor to The Creativity Project (Little, Brown, 2018), edited by Colby Sharp. John Schu lives in Naperville, Illinois

Book Review

It might be hard but we have to listen and fight for what's right!

This book was amazing to read. I loved this book. It was strange reading a book written in verse as I have never read a book like this before. The layout made it really interesting and fun to read. It was like a poem and I really enjoyed this style. Reading Jake’s perspective was really interesting to learn how difficult it is for a person with anorexia and how the brain can trick you. It was really powerful and the book told me not everything is easy in life and we have tough times. It might be hard but we have to listen and fight for what’s right!

I love how Jake is able to get through it and has help from family and friends. At the start he is not very strong and lets the voice get to him and boss him around which makes life difficult for him. But at the end he is strong and fights off the voice that is bugging him. I would recommend this book for ages 11 up . The reader has to understand how some people’s life is and if they have an eating disorder they can get through it if they believe and stay strong! The book encouraged me to help others through difficulties.

Not everything in life is easy but stay courageous!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Chloe
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Swimming, maths and being kind to others
  • Dislikes: sprouts and unkindness
  • Favourite Book: Into the Volcano by Jess Butterworth
  • Favourite Song: SiX by Six
  • Favourite Movie: The Last Song