G.C. McRae’s second novel is a story of what family means to different kids. To Brian, who was adopted from birth, he is a “stranger who got made by strangers” and the only instruction book that came with him was in a foreign language. He looks forward to meeting his birth mother for the first time, but knows it will change him in ways he cannot imagine. His friend Danny’s parents are either gone or busy. His older sister takes care of him and his younger brother – with hilariously disastrous results.
Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny’s house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.
Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do with the big questions in his life: where did I come from, why did my mother give me up and is there anyone out there who will like me the way I am?