Mascot by Antony John


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 he’ll never feel like his old self again. He doesn’t want peop...

Details Mascot

Release DateSep 11th, 2018
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Sports, Baseball, Contemporary, Young Adult

Reviews Mascot

  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusNoah 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 ...
  • 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 togeth...
  • 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 p...
  • 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 sam...
  • 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...
  • 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 f...
  • 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.
  • Jamie
    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 tha...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Mascot by Antony John, 336 pages. HarperCollins, September 2018. $17.Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: GBUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHIt’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...
  • Casey Jo
    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 m...
  • Holland
    Really, really liked. If kids loved Wonder...hardships and and awkward Middle School, this is so good!
  • Robin
    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!
  • Christie
    My students enjoyed it!