Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Great Food Bank Heist by Onjali Q. Rauf & illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

The Great Food Bank Heist is a very special book giving valuable insight into life when the fridge isn’t full. Nelson and Ashley’s mum does her best to make ends meet on her nurse’s salary but sometimes there are just too many bills to pay. That’s when they have to visit the best kind of bank – the Food Bank.

Nelson and Ashley aren’t the only ones. Other kids at their breakfast club use the Food Bank too. When they all find that what is available at the Food Bank is getting less and less and they hear rumours that someone has been stealing from the donation trolleys, they start to get worried. Instead of being embarrassed about needing to rely on the generosity of others, it’s time to team up with their friends, take action and solve the mystery. These thieves don’t stand a chance when faced with such creative, resilient kids!

Inspired by the work of Marcus Rashford, The Great Food Bank Heist shows children that they are not alone in their experiences and builds empathy in those who have never experienced food poverty. Hopefully, books like this can make huge steps in getting rid of the stigma that has historically been attached to needing to ask for help and show children and adults the importance of helping one another. Detailed information at the back of the book explains what food banks are and how we can help.

Published by Barrington Stoke, The Great Food Bank Heist is an engaging and accessible read. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, even the most reluctant reader will be drawn in.

A percentage of the royalties of the sales of this book will go to Trussell Trust Food Banks, the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Programme and selected grassroots Food Bank charities.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this powerful book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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