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 […]

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 […]


Title: Mine! Author: Natalie Hyde Publisher: Scholastic Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9781443146609 The opening line of Natalie Hyde’s latest title – also a contender for the 2018/19 Red Cedar Book Prize – is sure to grab the attention of young readers: “Moose snot is a real thing, you know.” From there, Chris Dearing (who hates his name) […]

From Ant to Eagle

Title: From Ant to Eagle Author: Alex Lyttle Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 177168111X In From Ant to Eagle, debut author Alex Lyttle creates one of the most authentic sibling relationships I’ve seen in middle grade literature (or possibly any literature at all). It starts with a premise many kids can relate to: 11-year-old […]

When the Worst Happens

Title: WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS: Extraordinary Stories of Survival Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi Publisher: Annick Press Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-1-55451-682-7 This great non-fiction offering from BC author Tanya Lloyd Kyi challenges readers to think about what they’d do if they were facing life and death. Along with engaging artwork by David Parkins, the text provides practical survival tips such […]

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