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 […]

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 […]

Focused

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 […]

Mascot

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 […]