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Middle Grade Review: Louder than Hunger, by John Schu

 I'm not ordinarily a huge fan of books in verse. This one will have to be an exception.     Title: Louder Than Hunger Author: John Schu Publication info: Candlewick Press 2024. 528 pages Source: Library Publisher's Blurb: (Goodreads)  Revered teacher, librarian, and story ambassador John Schu explores anorexia—and self-expression as an act of survival—in a wrenching and transformative novel-in-verse. But another voice inside me says, We need help. We’re going to die. Jake volunteers at a nursing home because he likes helping people. He likes skating and singing, playing Bingo and Name That Tune, and reading mysteries and comics aloud to his teachers. He also likes avoiding people his own age . . . and the cruelty of mirrors . . . and food. Jake has read about kids like him in books—the weird one, the outsider—and would do anything not to be that kid, including shrink himself down to nothing. But the less he eats, the bigger he feels. How long can Jake punish him