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About Rex Ogle
REX OGLE was born and raised (mostly) in Texas. He is the author of memoirs Free Lunch (which received the ALA/YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction), Punching Bag, and the upcoming graphic novel Four Eyes. He also wrote the fantasy middle-grade Supernatural Society trilogy and has written dozens of comics for Marvel and DC, as well as his webcomic Blink.
He’s written under a lot of pen names too—most notably Trey King, Honest Lee, and REY TERCIERO, under which he penned Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy, Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms, Doña Quixote, and Northranger.
He lives in Los Angeles where he writes full-time—when he’s not outside hiking with his dog, playing MarioKart with friends, or reading.
To find out more, visit www.rexogle.com or @thirdrex on instagram.
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Winner of the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has signed him up for free meals. As a poor kid in a wealthy school district, better-off kids crowd impatiently behind him as he tries to explain to the cashier that he’s on the free meal program. The lunch lady is hard of hearing, so Rex has to shout.
Free Lunch is the story of Rex’s efforts to navigate his first semester of sixth grade—who to sit with, not being able to join the football team, Halloween in a handmade costume, classmates and a teacher who take one look at him and decide he’s trouble—all while wearing secondhand clothes and being hungry. His mom and her boyfriend are out of work, and life at home is punctuated by outbursts of violence. Halfway through the semester, his family is evicted and ends up in government-subsidized housing in view of the school. Rex lingers at the end of last period every day until the buses have left, so no one will see where he lives.
Unsparing and realistic, Free Lunch is a story of hardship threaded with hope and moments of grace. Rex’s voice is compelling and authentic, and Free Lunch is a true, timely, and essential work that illuminates the lived experience of poverty in America.
When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war--but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it?
World Of Flashpoint: When the Amazons and Atlanteans broke out into war, everything changed in a flash--especially the life of Traci 13!
Booster Gold: Booster finds a world very different from the one he left behind. It's up to the time-lost hero to figure it all out and fix what once went wrong!
The Canterbury Cricket: Meet the members of the Resistance as they battle their way through enemy lines. But who is the Canterbury Cricket? As the rebels take a moment to rest, the Cricket shares his tale with his comrades in arms.
Project Superman: General Sam Lane wants to create the world's greatest soldier, but instead he just might end up with the world's most powerful monster. Learn the secrets behind Project Superman and the mysterious Subject Zero.
Don't miss this Superman volume collecting WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-3, BOOSTER GOLD #44-47, THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1 and PROJECT SUPERMAN #1-3.
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021
The companion to Rex Ogle’s award-winning Free Lunch is a searing account of adolescence in a household torn by domestic violence.
Punching Bag is the compelling true story of a high school career defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic abuse. Rex Ogle, who brilliantly mapped his experience of hunger in Free Lunch, here describes his struggle to survive; reflects on his complex, often paradoxical relationship with his passionate, fierce mother; and charts the trajectory of his stepdad’s anger. Hovering over Rex’s story is the talismanic presence of his unborn baby sister.
Through it all, Rex threads moments of grace and humor that act as beacons of light in the darkness. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told, Punching Bag is a remarkable memoir about one teenager’s cycle of violence, blame, and attempts to forgive his parents—and himself.
Meet Jessica. Jessica just returned to her freshman year of college after winter break, bringing with her the anxieties of last semester’s poor grades, the awkwardness of facing a boy she wishes she’d never slept with, and an undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched.
She soon comes to realize that something evil made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. But why did this sinister presence set its sights on a seemingly normal college freshman? Read this nerve-racking tale, creepily crafted by Conjuring screenwriter David L. Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle with heart-stopping art from Garry Brown and chill-inducing covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, to find out!
Plus, Che Grayson and Juan Ferreyra bring you another trip into the Warrens’ haunted artifact room for a double dose of dread!
The Weapon X Program has been restarted -- but when its subjects escape, they face increasingly deadly attempts to reclaim them. What will kill them first -- their pasts, their strange new powers or their mysterious connections to Wolverine? And what happens when they find the man with some answers: Sabretooth?! As pieces start to come together, the team learns that they have more in common than they thought. Coincidence, or the sign of something bigger? One team member isn't what they appear to be -- and one is more than they seem. But who is in charge of the overall program, and what do they gain from experimenting on mutants? And how do the escapees tie into something more sinister than they could possibly imagine?
"Frightening and fun!" –Neil Patrick Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Magic Misfits
Readers will be scared silly in this spooky and hilarious middle grade series starter about a town chock-full of monsters and the kids who must unravel centuries of secrets to save it.
Will Hunter thought his life couldn’t get any worse:
- His parents just got divorced,
- His best (and only) friend now is his dog, Fitz,
- And his mom moved them from New York City to the middle-of-nowhere town called East Emerson.
When all the town pets (including Fitz) go missing, Will suspects there’s something sinister going on. So he joins forces with outcast Ivy and super-smart Linus to uncover the ancient secrets of East Emerson. Besides, nothing bad could happen when three sixth graders team up against monsters, magic, myths, and mad science . . . right?
Read all the books in The Supernatural Society series!
The Supernatural Society
Curse of the Werewolves