Maddi's Fridge

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighbourhood, 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.

She is still determined to help. She sneaks food for Maddi in her bag and discovers that while fish and eggs are good for people, they aren't very good for backpacks. Despite Sofia's very best efforts, Maddi's fridge is still empty. Sofia promised not to tell. Now what can she do?

Filled with colourful 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 antihunger groups, is also included.

Find mazes, a Cheesy Pizza Bomb recipe, colouring pages, and suggestions on how to help fight childhood hunger on

Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt
Illustrator: Vin Vogel
Flashlight Press | Release date: September 1, 2014

Available at all major bookstores.

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