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Title: Mascot Author: Anthony John Publisher: Harper Collins Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9780062835628 I’m a little late reviewing (and reading) this 2018 title. Not sure how I missed it, especially since I’ve been focused on recently published middle grade books about baseball. Thank goodness for holiday libraries! Mascot introduces readers to Noah Savino five months […]

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Title: Merci Suárez Changes Gears Author: Meg Medina Publisher: Penguin Random House Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9780763690496 Not only is this book a Newbery Award winner, the author is represented by my dream agent. To say I had high expectations would be an understatement. It took me a few chapters to get into it but […]

Nikki on the Line

Title: Nikki on the line Author: Barbara Carroll Roberts Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-0316521901 If you liked Inside Hudson Pickle, you’re going to like Nikki on the Line. And for those of you who wished Hudson was more about basketball and less about genetics (I’ve heard from a few […]

Mya’s Strategy to Save the World

Title: Mya’s Strategy to Save the World Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi Publisher: Puffin Canada Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-0735265257 I bought this book because I’m a big fan of Tanya Lloyd Kyi and because I thought it might be a Authors for Earth Day Eco-Book of the Month selection. It turns out I was right about […]

Award Season

June is award season! Unfortunately, Inside Hudson Pickle didn’t win the awards it was nominated for but I want to congratulate From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle for winning the Red Cedar Book Award and The Bonaventure Adventures by Rachelle Delaney for winning the Chocolate Lily Award in the novel category. It was such an […]

To Night Owl From Dogfish

Title: To Night Owl From Dogfish Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer Publisher: Penguin Random House Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9780525553236 I have always liked books told through correspondence. Once of my favorite books of all time is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. (Yes, the movie is good but the book is much, […]

Prince George!

3 days, 7 schools, 1 epic Battle of the Books ….a quick recap of the time I spent in Prince George last week! Now, the longer version: The Battle of the Books was an amazing event. My compliments to the hard-working committee of teacher-librarians that organized it. What a great way to both encourage and honour […]

Everlasting Nora

Title: Everlasting Nora   Author: Marie Miranda Cruz Publisher: Starscape Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9780765394590 12-year-old Nora and her mom live in a grave house in Manila’s largest cemetery. That’s right – a grave house. They sleep and eat next to the tomb of her father, who died in a house fire. They are poor but […]


Title: Fadeaway Author: Maura Ellen Stokes Publisher: Yellow Jacket Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9781499806748 Since this review is not really a review at all but more of a personal reflection, I’m going to start with a quick description so I can get into listing the things I love about Fadeaway. Publisher’s blurb: When Sam’s best friend […]