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Inside Hudson Pickle: 07/24/18
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.
Set against the mystery of the fire is a health issue. Hudson has asthma and that contributed to his being cut from the AAA hockey team. Now Uncle Vic has picked up a persistent cough that he claims is just from the smoke. His cough brings to light a genetic disorder that explains Vic's cough as well as some other family tragedies.
There'a a third side plot involving Hudson's absent father and drug abuse. But these three plot threads never really comes together into one coherent or compelling narrative.
One amusing bit is that Hudson says he lives in western New York. That's a New York state short hand for Ontario. The author is Canadian, so I'm working with the assumption that it's a little inside joke.