Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

When Vivy gets a chance to play on her first real baseball team – after years of watching her older brother play and practicing with him in their backyard – she encounters bullying from the coach’s son and lack of support from her mother (especially after she gets a concussion from being hit by the […]

Genesis Begins Again

This book broke my heart. Genesis – a 13-year-old, infinitely likable protagonist – hates her black skin so much that she injures herself trying to lighten it and steals her mom’s credit card to buy bleaching cream. She’s got a whole list of things she doesn’t like about herself (started by bullies at her old […]

Happy Canada Day!

My website doesn’t look much different than it did when I posted a (somewhat premature) announcement called WEBSITE UDPATE. But since then, I’ve taken a Gale Course on Intermediate WordPess Website building and totally upgraded the back end of my site. I’m now working hard on things like “keyword mapping” and “search engine optimization”. In […]

All the Impossible Things

Title: All the Impossible Things Author: Lindsay Lackey Publisher: Roaring Brook Press Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-1-250-20286-4 I have no idea what one *should* read during a pandemic. But I do know this: falling in love with a book can make the weight of the world a tiny bit lighter.  All the Impossible Things opens with […]

Broken Strings

Title:┬áBroken Strings Author: Eric Walters & Kathy Kacer Publisher: Puffing Canada Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-0-7352-6624-7 In my last post of the decade (!) I want to do a quick shout out to a great 2019 title by two Canadian kid-lit super powers. Broken Strings is a Holocaust lesson wrapped up in a story about […]