Mascot

Mascot

Noah Savino has been stuck in a wheelchair for months. He hates the way people treat him like he’s helpless now. He’s sick of going to physical therapy, where he isn’t making any progress. He’s tired of not having control over his own body. And he misses playing baseball—but not as much as he misses his dad, who died in the car accident that paralyzed Noah.Noah is scared h...

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Title:Mascot
Author:Antony John
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Edition Language:English

Mascot Reviews

  • Brian

    Schneider Family Book Award-winner Antony John does not disappoint with his second book about a disabled teen and his first middle grade book. Noah, a middle school student who must use a wheelchair thanks to the accident that killed his father, is as realistic as seventh graders come. Devious, irritable, moody and somewhat self loathing, he's the kind of guy any twelve year old can identify with. But he's also a good friend, a smart kid, and a powerful catcher, even after the accident. Join Noa

    Schneider Family Book Award-winner Antony John does not disappoint with his second book about a disabled teen and his first middle grade book. Noah, a middle school student who must use a wheelchair thanks to the accident that killed his father, is as realistic as seventh graders come. Devious, irritable, moody and somewhat self loathing, he's the kind of guy any twelve year old can identify with. But he's also a good friend, a smart kid, and a powerful catcher, even after the accident. Join Noah and his buddies Alyssa and Double Wide as they plot to bring down their enemy: Fredbird, the beloved mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals. This book is especially good for Missourians and redbird fans.

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    Noah Savino lives in the St. Louis neighborhood of the Hill, which is great, because he loves baseball. Well, he used to. After a devastating car accident, he is in a wheel chair and trying to figure out a new normal. This doesn't include Logan, his former best friend and teammate, who has been a jerk. When quirky new student Ruben moves to the area, calling himself "Double-Wide" because of his size, Noah is glad to have one person who doesn't know all of the details of

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

    Noah Savino lives in the St. Louis neighborhood of the Hill, which is great, because he loves baseball. Well, he used to. After a devastating car accident, he is in a wheel chair and trying to figure out a new normal. This doesn't include Logan, his former best friend and teammate, who has been a jerk. When quirky new student Ruben moves to the area, calling himself "Double-Wide" because of his size, Noah is glad to have one person who doesn't know all of the details of his accident. It helps that Ruben is also very matter-of-fact (and has some slight autism spectrum characteristics) and just ASKS Noah about issues that have to do with his wheelchair bound state if he doesn't understand them. When another former friend, Alyssa, runs afoul of Logan and gets roped into competing against him in an upcoming pitching contest, Rben and Noah offer to help her. So does neighbor Mr. Riggieri, after they break his car windshield. Noah is not happy that his mother is starting to date Mr. Dillon, a neighbor who has a younger daughter Makayla. Mr. Dillon being friendly and helpful, and his mother being happy... just doesn't sit well with him, since he is still processing his father's death. His physical rehab isn't going very well because he's not working as hard as he should, a fact which his gym teacher, Mrs. Friendly, is able to point out to him. Along with learning how to catch from his wheelchair for the pitching contest, Noah has a plan to make Mr. Dillon look less appealing to his mother, and for Mr. Riggieri to reconcile with his children. Life goes on, and while Noah is generally moving forward with his life, there are some moments where he has to process his recent loss in order to keep making progress.

    Strengths: If you want readers to gain empathy about people who are facing challenges they are not, it's not very effective to have a slow paced, lyrical novel that discusses and analyzes these matters. A lot of the readers are going to claim the book is boring and give up! If you throw in dog farts, practical jokes, some friend fighting, and a sport, readers will actually pay attention to the book and get information about what it would be like to be in a wheelchair, how you might feel if your father passed away, how to be friends with someone who is quirky, how to deal with a parent dating, and how fathers sometimes fall out with their children over issues like same sex marriage. That's all in this book, but in a way that is fun to read. I also adored the details about life in this very specific neighborhood. Noah's personality and coping mechanisms were brilliantly described. He doesn't wring his hands, but does admit he doesn't work hard enough. The reasons his friends quit talking to him are very realistic. The fact that sometimes happy things can make a grieving person inexplicably sad is a very true thing that I have not seen represented in middle grade literature. Very well done, Mr. John!

    Weaknesses: I got to the end of this and I could remember mascots being mentioned several times, but completely missed which one the titular mascot would be. Also, I'm not sure that there are many tween girls comfortable enough in their own skin to ask a boy if he's "looking at her boobs". (Since Noah is in a wheelchair, that's his eye level.) It's the only detail that seemed unlikely.

    What I really think: Can't wait to hand to students! Great cover-- wish we would see more like this, especially if girls are the main character. It's one thing to say boys should read books with girl protagonists-- it's another to get a 13 year old boy to check out an aggressively pink book with a girl on the cover. Librarians need a tiny bit of help in overthrowing cultural preconditioning.

  • Valerie McEnroe

    Sometimes books soar like a plane in the opening chapter, then slowly lose altitude and crash. Not this book. This book is like a symphony, opening with a few instruments. The next thing you know the entire orchestra is involved and your mind is blown by the beauty of it all.

    The story opens with Noah and new kid Double-Wide. Noah is cynical, sarcastic, bitter. He used to be a rockstar catcher on his little league team. Now he's in a wheel chair, after a car accident left him paralyzed and his d

    Sometimes books soar like a plane in the opening chapter, then slowly lose altitude and crash. Not this book. This book is like a symphony, opening with a few instruments. The next thing you know the entire orchestra is involved and your mind is blown by the beauty of it all.

    The story opens with Noah and new kid Double-Wide. Noah is cynical, sarcastic, bitter. He used to be a rockstar catcher on his little league team. Now he's in a wheel chair, after a car accident left him paralyzed and his dad dead. Double-Wide is huge, smart as heck, and somewhere on the autism spectrum. He and Noah bond over their outcast status.

    Then a few other characters enter this symphony of writing mastery. There's Alyssa, a pitching phenom who wants to prove her ability and get the recognition she deserves. And, of course, there's the antagonist, Logan. He's the kid you hope will get his due for the way he treats the kid with the disability. He's the pitcher. Noah was the catcher. They never liked each other, but they did what they had to to win.

    The there's the character who sits on the sidelines waiting for the chance to shine. Ms. Friendly, the PE teacher, is the character who turns this story into a symphony. She's starts out with a few important notes then, boom, she's the soloist. “’I want your son to be involved. Do you want your son to be involved? Or do you want him to sit on the sidelines and watch?’ Noah can't stand her. In his mind she's the teacher who takes satisfaction in tormenting kids. In fact, she's the villain who turns out to be the superhero. Noah HAS become a mascot on the sidelines, without his dad to cheer him on. This quote changes Noah and the trajectory of the book. It's the moment the music begins to build.

    Ms. Friendly explaining to Noah why she does CrossFit competitions: “There will come a time when my body says

    . Little by little, I’ll slow down. My muscles will weaken. I won’t be able to do the things I used to do. That’s why I work out like crazy, Noah. So that I can put off that day. And when it finally comes, I’ll be so fit, I’ll still be better off than most of the people around me. I’ll also know that I’ve pushed myself to the limit—seen what this old body of mine can do. You understand what I’m saying?”

    There are about five amazing themes in this book. We've heard them a hundred times.

    But let's face it. We ignore all these truths. There's nothing like a good story to put it all in perspective, and I haven't even begun to scratch the surface. So much happens. Every character has an important role. Every scene adds to the big picture. A true symphony.

    Mr. Riggieri: You’re got a lot of life still to live.

    Noah: The long, slow climb gives me time to think. About fathers and sons, and wasted opportunities. About the things we can’t change and the things we can.

    Dynamo: My mom says we’re all running our own races anyway. The main thing is you’ve got to compete. Can’t win anything without competing.

    I could quote this entire book. In case you want to know if there's a crescendo, there is.

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    I've been following Antony John's career for a while, and while I've enjoyed all of his books, my favorite of all time was Five Flavors of Dumb. He just captured those characters so beautifully and I laughed and cried along with them and felt like we were friends by the end. Mascot is the first time I've had that same feeling since Dumb, and it was honestly like coming home. There are different characters and storylines but the feeling is the same. Noah Savino has been in a car accident that end

    I've been following Antony John's career for a while, and while I've enjoyed all of his books, my favorite of all time was Five Flavors of Dumb. He just captured those characters so beautifully and I laughed and cried along with them and felt like we were friends by the end. Mascot is the first time I've had that same feeling since Dumb, and it was honestly like coming home. There are different characters and storylines but the feeling is the same. Noah Savino has been in a car accident that ended in tragedy for multiple reasons, and he is mad at the world understandably. He doesn't want to try and he gets mad at the people who love him because they are trying to make him care again. This book is about friendship but also making your way back from a huge challenge. I loved the side characters (John's side characters are the best), Double-Wide, who is likely on the spectrum with his very concrete way of thinking and difficulty making friends and dealing with his emotions, and the terrific Alyssa, who is the Hermione of the trio. And we can never forget one of the younger characters who I won't say too much but she is a firecracker with her own character arc. Overall, a wonderful middle grade read that doesn't dumb itself down for its readers, and makes you want to stand up and cheer! A must read.

  • Lynn

    What happens AFTER the accident when the first reactions are done and everyone else has moved on with the normal lives? Noah, once star catcher, is now the kid in the wheelchair on the sidelines. His teammates side with the bully who taunts him, his mom struggles to get him in and out of the car and the endless physical therapy just seems pointless. His steadfast best friend Alyssa is still by his side but Noah even wonders if it is because she feels sorry for him.

    A new kid in his class, Dee Dub

    What happens AFTER the accident when the first reactions are done and everyone else has moved on with the normal lives? Noah, once star catcher, is now the kid in the wheelchair on the sidelines. His teammates side with the bully who taunts him, his mom struggles to get him in and out of the car and the endless physical therapy just seems pointless. His steadfast best friend Alyssa is still by his side but Noah even wonders if it is because she feels sorry for him.

    A new kid in his class, Dee Dub (Double Wide) who has his own issues, a baseball duel and Noah's mom's new friend who claims to be the mascot of the Cardinals team are the catalyst that finally gets Noah off the sidelines.

    I loved this one with its unusual look at the uneven trajectory of recovery and the picture of three great kids who help each other. Lots of great baseball stuff here too.

  • Donna

    Fun, heartwarming story about friendship, second chances, and perseverance. Noah narrates this story that starts after the accident that kills his father and puts him in a wheelchair. He is back at school and just wants things to go back to "normal." He just wants to forget what happened and have everyone teat him like before. But, Noah finds that that isn't possible. Life needs to change to go forward. He meets Dee-Dub, a new student, and together with Alyssa, Noah slowly removes his "mask" and

    Fun, heartwarming story about friendship, second chances, and perseverance. Noah narrates this story that starts after the accident that kills his father and puts him in a wheelchair. He is back at school and just wants things to go back to "normal." He just wants to forget what happened and have everyone teat him like before. But, Noah finds that that isn't possible. Life needs to change to go forward. He meets Dee-Dub, a new student, and together with Alyssa, Noah slowly removes his "mask" and they navigate middle school and life.

  • Sarah

    Increasingly there has been a push in children's literature for strong female characters and books that celebrate girl power. Even though strong female characters have always been the dominating force in children's literature (Jo March, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Shirley, to name a few) more and more authors and publishers are promoting feminism. Problem is, boys are often overlooked. Yes, Harry Potter made a lasting impact but, for the most part, single realistic novels center around girls. For

    Increasingly there has been a push in children's literature for strong female characters and books that celebrate girl power. Even though strong female characters have always been the dominating force in children's literature (Jo March, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Shirley, to name a few) more and more authors and publishers are promoting feminism. Problem is, boys are often overlooked. Yes, Harry Potter made a lasting impact but, for the most part, single realistic novels center around girls. Fortunately, Mascot fills at least some of this void. British born Antony John has written a delightful book with one terrific male protagonist at its helm.

    Noah Savino was partly paralyzed in a car accident that left him without a father. Grieving, sarcastic, yet determined this highly likable kid narrates the story of his transition from bitter and frustrated to navigating his way through life in a wheelchair. With his mother and a couple of very good friends, Noah comes to realize life not only does go on but it can be pretty darn good, even if you've been sidelined.

  • Tory

    Oh my god, you guys. I haven't found a book yet that delves into cell phone use while driving, and this one does it SO POWERFULLY HOLY CRAP. It's terrifying and deadly and oh-so-common in this day and age, and Mascot addresses it in the most horrifying and realistic way possible. Give this book to every dang kid so they'll yell at their parents to GET OFF THEIR FREAKING PHONES.

  • Brenda Kahn

    I adored this book! If I hadn't sworn off of giving the stars, I'd give it ten! Review soon; but don't miss this extraordinary book!

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