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Inside Hudson Pickle

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Kids Can Press
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting book for middle school or older reader about a growing sports-minded boy, Hudson Pickle, who has some physical limitations. Genetics is included but not so complicated that one has difficulty following along with the explanations.

I particularly enjoyed the book because it involved Hudson's selection of firefighting for an occupation for his career day project. Since I have a son who is a volunteer firefighter, I found all of the parts of these discussions in the book very interestin
Hudson Pickle is a teenage boy struggling with growing up; he has a growth spurt that no only has him towering over his friends, it gets him cut from the hockey team, his favorite sport and the one thing that he thinks identifies him. He also has no idea who his father is and while it might not have been an issue in years past, it is becoming more and more important to him to know who he was and what he was like. His mom wants to protect him from the realities of life and Hudson feels like he is ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Ridge, Yolanda Inside Hudson Pickle, 256 Pages. KCP Fiction, 2017 $17.00. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G (some references to drugs); Violence: G.

Hudson’s life isn’t going so well for him. He was kicked from his hockey team during summer and his uncle’s house burned down. So now Hudson has to make it to the basketball team, live with his uncle who might be a drug dealer, figure out who is his father, wonder why Willow Flores decided to hang out with him, and still deal with his childho
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hudson Pickle is far from ordinary. His father is gone, his uncle may be involved with drugs, his best friend is ignoring him and a girl named Willow seems interested in him. While trying to make the basketball team, and figuring out a career, as well as trying to solve the fire at his Uncles, he discovers a mystery involving his own DNA. This entertaining story will have readers age’s nine to 12 laughing and cheering for Hudson as they turn the pages to eagerly learn the truth.
Amanda Sanders
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Middle school is tough and Hudson has a rough start. Over the summer he was cut from his hockey team. Now he is trying out for basketball, being bullied, interested in a girl, living with an uncle who burned his place down, and dealing with genetic diseases in the family. Boys and girls will both enjoy getting into Hudson's head as he deals with his problems. ...more
Sheri Radford
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens-tweens
I loved how real this teenager seemed, and how real his family dynamics seemed. A charming story about a teenager trying to fit in, to repair his relationship with his best friend, to figure out how to talk to the girl he likes, to learn something (anything) about his missing father, and to NOT worry about whether he has a horrible genetic disease.
Caroline Martel
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this book. It is really well written, carries the reader along and discusses some interesting and important topics. My 10 (almost 11) year old daughter read the book before I did and couldn't put it much so that I had to take it away from her one night so that she would go to sleep! ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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When Hudson's Uncle Vic's apartment catches on fire, it sets a lot of things into motion. Vic moves in with Hudson and his mother, which makes things crowded and leads to lots of vegan dinners. Hudson is not playing hockey because he has gotten too tall, and he is trying out for the school basketball team. So is Trevor, his best friend who is not talking to him because Hudson blew off Trevor's martial arts competition, and Willow, a girl whom Hudson finds interesting. For his
Nadine Martel
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written. An entertaining, informative and interesting novel for middle-aged readers.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for my students!
Jerry Mikorenda
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. A heartwarming yet realistic view of growing up in a small town in upstate New York. Hudson deals with all the foibles and fun of being a young teen in a wholesome and therapeutic way. Sports, girls, and family are inside Hudson's head. Somehow he figures out a way to make it all work. ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
Published by Kids Can Press Ltd. 2017

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book — all opinions are my own.

As a female reader, I have never EVER found a male narrator that I could connect with and relate to the way I did with Hudson Pickle. Hudson has had to deal with some big changes leading up to junior high. He was kicked off the hockey team (he was too tall), he lost his best friend (after a big fight), and his hippy musician u
Arlene Szalay
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
I enjoyed this book! Hudson has many challenges and deals with them in a well-written middle school voice.
Christine Thomas Alderman
A book full of sports and heart with a touch of age-appropriate romance. Great book for kids beginning junior high or wanting to read what it might be like. Hudson struggles with his health, fitting in, family, and friendship. Relatable for any tween, especially great for a kid struggling with a diagnosis. Highly recommend and will be sharing with tweens in my life.
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What a great book! I can't wait to let my son read this! Hudson Pickle will be with me for time to come! ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
ok, read . Lots about genetics and being a carrier of something, and childhood asthma. Good for 6th and up.
Sarah Sammis
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge is a middle grade novel about a family coming together. It opens with Hudson and his mother having to pick up his uncle after an apartment fire. Uncle Vic claims he fell asleep and it was just a simple accident, but Hudson's mother believes drugs were involved and the fire inspector believes it might be insurance fraud.
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Yolanda Ridge is a middle grade author and science writer from British Columbia, Canada.

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