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 my eye for several reasons: I’m a fan of Tanya Lloyd Kyi, it’s published by Kids Can Press, and most importantly…. who doesn’t need to know more about stress?

Under Pressure covers all different types of stress, including things you may not even consider stress like “Helpful Highs”. Each chapter ends with a section on “Stress Busters” and the final chapter is totally devoted to “Tension Tamers”.

A lot of material is covered here, including the biological and genetic basis of stress. Canadian-based studies of stress are also featured. It may not be a book that can be read cover to cover by the average 12-year-old but there’s stuff in here for everyone – from the zen to the totally stressed. Under Pressure is the kind of non-fiction I would like to write. It’s also a book both me and my kids will go back to again and again.