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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.

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ebook, 336 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lynne
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I shouldn't be surprised by how much I liked this - I am always a sucker for a good book about an average middle grade kid going through some less than average life experiences - but I really am glad I gave this one my full attention. These are good kids with good hearts - even the so called bully is redeemed in a way that's not cloying or unbelievable. And at the center you have Noah, who is trying to make the best of a shitty turn of events that left him in a wheelchair and his father dead. No ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Mascot by Antony John, 336 pages. HarperCollins, September 2018. $17.

Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G



It’s been a year since the car accident that killed Noah’s father and landed Noah in a wheelchair as a paraplegic. From an active life as a baseball catcher, he has been sidelined and is still struggling with grief of so many kinds. Logan, who used to be his baseball partner is sarcastic and seems uncaring of Noah’s struggles. Al
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Anyone who has listened to me talk about books in any capacity knows that I absolutely adore middle reader books. There are a lot of reasons why, and this book helped me realize yet another one! This book helped me put into words why I appreciate young protagonists so much - and it's because their drama is not petty. They're incredibly honest, and if there's any confusion about the way people feel about each other and about situations, it's usually because the character themselves don't know or ...more
Casey Jo
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. 150 pages in. The "clever irony" of a kid who was a baseball player, then in a car accident, now in a wheelchair is a thought experiment that acts as if actual disabled people don't exist. And he doesn't seem to know how disabled bodies work - he's serving as catcher for someone practicing their pitching, as if that isn't terribly physically demanding. And the fat kid who eats a lot of lasagne and likes to be called Double Wide? Stereotype much?

Oh, and while we've heard jokes about boobs be
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really, really liked. If kids loved Wonder...hardships and and awkward Middle School, this is so good!
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. Sad but really interesting. The end is really exciting. But In a wheelchair can be hard.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The characters were authentic and likable. The premise for the story was interesting and I found it entertaining. Check it out!
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My students enjoyed it!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
"Mascot" is a hometown adventure story filled with new beginnings. When Noah returns to school after the accident that left him paralyzed and killed his father, his old Little League teammates are anything but kind. Luckily, Noah befriends new kid and fellow outcast Dee-Dub, and, with childhood pal Alyssa in tow, shenanigans unfold. Meanwhile, Noah’s mother needs someone to talk to, but when a familiar face shows up, will he strike out with Noah? Secret plans, after-school rivalries, and awkward ...more
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Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Baseball Town
Drinking Buddy: Get 'cher Cold Ones!
Testosterone Level: First Base
Talky Talk: Play Ball!
Bonus Factors: Weird Kid, St. Louis Baseball
Bromance Status: Teammates

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Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies, and ABBA's Greatest Hits. In a fit of teenage rebellion, he decided to pursue a career in classical music, culminating in a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Duke University. Along the way, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a ...more
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