Yolanda Ridge

Middle Grade Author

Inside Hudson Pickle

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Questions Hudson Pickle has on his mind (in no particular order):

1. Is his uncle Vic an arsonist, a drug dealer or both?

2. Why does Willow Flores want to hang out with him?

3. Will he make his junior high school basketball team?

4. Why won’t his childhood asthma go away?

5. Who is his father?

Little does thirteen-year-old Hudson know that the answers will shake him right down to his core.

 

Cut from AAA hockey last season, seventh-grader Hudson Pickle needs to make the basketball team this year. But, after having an asthma attack at the first tryout, his chances aren’t looking good. His former best friend, Trevor, is also trying out. But he won’t even speak to Hudson since Hudson had all but ignored him while concentrating on hockey. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, now his uncle Vic — who’s been staying with him and his mom since a suspicious fire at his house —has been diagnosed with a genetic respiratory illness. Could this mean Hudson has something worse than asthma? And while this DNA mystery is being unraveled, will the truth about what happened to his father finally be revealed as well?

Yolanda Ridge’s compelling coming-of-age novel for middle-graders combines humor, action and mystery — with a dose of genetic science to keep things interesting. It offers a rich reading experience with complex characters and a multilayered story. Thoughtful, authentic and likeable Hudson will inspire readers with the grit and perseverance he relies on to get through his difficulties, and the self-deprecating wit he uses to manage middle-school social dynamics, evolving friendships and a changing family structure. There are also multiple mysteries running throughout the story — involving Hudson’s father, his uncle and his own health — that are sure to keep the pages turning.

COMING SEPTEMBER 2017 FROM KIDS CAN PRESS.

Available for preorder  from IndigoAmazonBooks-A-Million, Barnes&Noble, Indiebound & your local book store.

REVIEWS

“The narrative tackles a variety of topics: asthma, a fire investigation, amateur sleuthing, and Hudson’s attempts to figure out why words never come out right when he talks to his basketball practice teammate Willow. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced book about awkward middle school adventures, the mysteries of genetics, and one boy’s efforts to cope with dark family secrets….Fans of novels about sports and family drama, such as Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover, will appreciate this realistic tale.”

                                    School Library Journal  July 1, 2017 (Book Verdict)

“There were several interesting topics covered in this book, but they were presented in an intriguing fashion and written about in an engaging way. The book starts with the fire, and I loved that while Hudson knew full well that it was A Bad Thing, he couldn’t help but be excited about his uncle moving in with him! The interactions with Willow were perfect– embarrassing, but completely understandable. I found myself really interested in Hudson’s medical problems, probably even more than I was about his father. The tone of this was generally upbeat, but in a typical irritated, middle school way. Working in both hockey and basketball is inspired. I enjoyed this a lot, and think the cover is great as well.”

                                    Ms. Yingling Reads June 1, 2017 (Goodreads)

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