Yolanda Ridge

Children's Author

Graphic Novels

My last post for the Mixed-Up Files is about Graphic Novels. I will miss being part of that group but will continue to follow the blog and hope to use my extra time (ha!) to post more news and views on this website (including reviews!)

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Skink on the Brink

16033439Title: Skink on the Brink

Author: Lisa Dalrymple

Illustrator: Suzzane Del Rizzo

Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2013)

Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge

ISBN: 9781554552313

Stewie is a skink with a beautiful blue tail and a love of songs and rhyme. Lisa Dalrymple’s delightful picture book, aimed at five to eight-year old readers, follows Stewie the blue through the trails of adolescence accompanied by Suzanne Del Rizzo’s vibrant plasticine illustrations.

When his tail turns grey, Stewie is forced to adapt and recognize his uniqueness. It is a journey that subtly parallels his changing environment, introducing the concept of animal habitat, life cycles and endangered species. Two pages of skink facts at the end allows readers to dig deeper into the concept of extinction.

A great addition to the science curriculum, Skink on the Brink won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award for Canada. It’s also my pick for Authors for Earth Day Eco-Book of the month featured on facebook.

 

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The Industrial Revolution for Kids


Industrial Revolution for Kids The (2)Title: The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology that Changed the World

Author: Cheryl Mullenbach

Publisher: Chicago Review Press (August, 2014)

Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge

ISBN: 9781613746905

I had the privilege of interviewing Cheryl Mullenbach, a former middle and high school history teacher and state education department consultant, for the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors. Check out this link to find out more about Cheryl’s experience writing non-fiction. Cheryl and her publisher also generously donated a copy of their book as a giveaway and the winner was announced today! Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

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Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

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Author: Mary McKenna Siddals

Illustrator: Ashley Wolff

Publisher: Tricycle (2010)

I just featured this title on the Authors for Earth Day Facebook page as the Eco-Book of the Month. It is scheduled for release in paperback in October. Here’s my blurb:

This rhythmic, rhyming picture book starts with a call out to environmental chefs to mix up a batch of compost stew from scratch. And alphabetical list of ingredients follows with creative entries for some of the more challenging letters. Beautifully complimenting the text, Ashley Wolff’s collage-style illustrations (made from newspaper, tea bags, grass clippings and other recycled materials) show the wild, red-haired heroine cooking up the recipe till she is left with rich, crumbly compost stew. The result is a light, fun delivery of an important earth-friendly message that begs to be applied to home and extended in the classroom. Additional acitivites, teaching resources and lesson plans are available through the author’s website. Dig in – you will not be disappointed!

 

 

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Thicken Thou Skin

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My latest thoughts on writing and rejection at The Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors; Thicken Thou Skin.

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Big AGENT NEWS for me… read to the end to find out!

It’s been a busy month (or two or three…)

It started with a lot of this;

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as I queried agents with my recently completed, much revised (and still to be edited), work-in-progress, Inside Hudson Pickle. 

And then, as luck would have it, there was a lot of this;

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as I sent out partial and full versions of the manuscript and was lucky enough to receive three offers of representation!! Which lead to this;

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And now, heading into the summer (one day after Canada Day) it is all this;

 

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Because I am now represented by Amy Tompkins of the Transatlantic Literary Agency!

I am so excited about this next chapter in my writing career. Thanks for celebrating with me!

To be continued…

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Road Block is now a google doc too.

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Trouble in the Trees is now a google doc. Not sure about the significance of this but if you want to read it as a pdf, it’s out there in the public domain for downloading.  Good or bad?  You tell me.

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Trouble in the Trees… Rossland Style

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Book Giveaway – The Boy Problem

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Today on the mixed-up files I’ve posted an interview with Kami Kinard. Check it out and enter to win a copy of her new book – The Boy Problem - a great middle grade book!

 

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