News & Views

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 […]


It’s official! CRISPR will provide rapid testing for COVID19. This Nature Article shares the news of FDA approval in the US. If you want to know more about the technology, CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA is now available for preorder!

Website Update

Change is inevitable. And yet… I resist. Full disclosure: I’m a WordPress hack who’s been trying to keep this website looking somewhat professional without investing too much of the money I don’t earn writing books. So when WordPress added “block editing” I resisted learning the new system. Instead, I stuck with “classic editing” even though […]

Testing for COVID-19

I wrote an article about testing for COVID-19. It was supposed to be filled with lots of cool science facts but ended up being about masks and swabs. You can read Testing for Covid-19 on SciWhy – a blog dedicated to helping parents, teachers and librarians discover the wide world of Canadian science writing for […]

Personal Update

I’m writing with a personal update at a difficult time for all of us. I haven’t been posting on social media because it doesn’t seem like there’s anything left to say. Plus, my feelings about everything have been fluctuating wildly; hour to hour, day to day. I do feel a need to reach out, however. […]

Broken Strings

Title: Broken 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 […]

Under Pressure

Title: Under Pressure:The Science of Stress Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi Publisher: Kids Can Press Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-1-5253-0007-3 I usually limit my reviews to middle grade fiction. But I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction lately, partly in preparation for the release of my non-fiction title on gene editing next year. Under Pressure caught […]


Title: Focused Author: Alyson Gerber Publisher: Scholastic Press Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-1338185973 Clea really tries to do well in middle school and meet her parent’s expectations by being organized and on time. Trouble is, she’s constantly distracted. Pretty much the only thing she’s able to focus on is chess. But her position on the chess […]

My Life as a Diamond

Title: My Life as a Diamond Author: Jenny Manzer Publisher: Orca Book Publishers Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9781459818316 The start of My Life as a Diamond provides a brief glimpse into ten-year-old Caspar Cadman’s life “before” in a scene where he (still going by the name “Cassie”) decides to cut his hair. The story really […]