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With humor and warmth, this children’s picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger.

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge. The sales of books purchased on our website directly benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

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With humor and warmth, this children’s picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger.

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge.

Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on anti-hunger groups, is also included. Find activities for home or class at: http://flashlightpress.com/Maddis_Fridge.html

Book sales on our website directly benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

Winner of:
2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award

“I really admire Lois Brandt for writing about those in need without making this an ‘issue’ book. It’s first and foremost a story—and a good one.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor–winning author of Hattie Big Sky

About the Author:
Lois Brandt teaches writers of all ages, helping her students tell the stories they hold close to their hearts. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa, and continues to travel widely. Years ago, Lois peeked into her best friend’s refrigerator and found empty shelves and one small carton of milk; the family didn’t have enough money to buy food. This book is a result of that moment. Lois lives near Seattle, WA, with her husband, assorted kids, two dogs, and a fluffy cat who thinks he’s a dog. Maddi’s Fridge is her first picture book.

Illustrated by Vin Vogel
Hardback; measures 12 x 12

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