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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) HONOR through July 2023

Elliot Jelly-Legs and the Bobblehead Miracle
By (author): Yolanda Ridge Illustrated by: Sydney Barnes
Yolanda Ridge ,

Illustrated by :

Sydney Barnes


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Feb 14, 2023
Print Run: 8000
$12.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.5 in | 240 gr

Page Count:

240 pages


25 B&W illustrations
100% recycled content
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Hockey
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Magical realism / Magical fantasy|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Winter sports: Ice hockey|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Anxiety, depression and self-harm|Interest age: from c 9 years
  • Short Description
In this illustrated middle-grade novel, eleven-year-old Elliot relies on his Carey Price bobblehead doll to help him excel on his hockey team.
If anyone finds out, it's game over.

Is a magical Carey Price bobblehead the key to Elliot's success on the ice?

Eleven-year-old Elliot loves hockey and finally convinces his parents to sign him up. There’s just one problem: he can barely skate. But he is determined. He practices every chance he gets and even takes extra lessons. He is still miles behind the rest of his teammates in terms of skills and speed, though. So when the goalie gets injured, Elliot surprises everyone by offering to take his place. He figures his “jelly-legs” won’t be quite so obvious in net. He is wrong. The first game is a complete disaster. In desperation, Elliot begs his Carey Price bobblehead for a win. Both thrilled and surprised when his wish is granted, Elliot makes more wishes. His team keeps winning. But is the magic real? And what will happen if his teammates discover the secret to Elliot’s success?

With twenty-five hockey-card-style illustrations scattered throughout, this is a heartfelt story of friendship, hockey and the importance of believing in yourself.

Key Selling Points

  • An 11-year-old hockey goalie is convinced that his Carey Price bobblehead doll is the source of his newfound luck.
  • In this Mighty Ducks meets Aladdin story the themes of believing in yourself, friendship and teamwork are explored.
  • Following the recent meteoric rise of the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup finals, NHL goalie Carey Price has a new generation of fans.
  • The author’s previous middle-grade novel, Inside Hudson Pickle, was nominated for a Red Cedar Award.
  • Readers can decide for themselves if it’s magic that makes Elliot such a great goalie or if his perseverance and hard work is finally paying off.
  • Includes 25 engaging black and white illustrations by Sydney Barnes.

Yolanda Ridge is the author of the middle-grade novel Inside Hudson Pickle and the juvenile nonfiction title CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA, both of which were Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. She has also written two environment-themed novels for Orca Young Readers line, Trouble in the Trees and Road Block. She has a master of science degree and is adept at making complex concepts understandable—a skill she uses in her writing, teaching and author visits. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia.

Sydney Barnes is an illustrator and graphic designer with a life-long passion for books. She holds a master of publishing degree from Simon Fraser University and runs a design business called SJBarnes Design. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters
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