Yolanda Ridge

Middle Grade Author

Hudson’s Book Launch!!

I am so grateful to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of Inside Hudson Pickle. There was a basketball shooting competition, real firefighting gear to try on, dill pickle chips to enjoy, a short reading from the book and… cake!! Thanks for your support, Rossland!

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Let’s Party!

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Cynsations Guest Post

In this guest post for Cynsations, one of my favourite blogs for writers, readers, teachers, librarians, and lovers of children’s books,  I talk about the process of creating Inside Hudson Pickle and the challenges of writing from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy. If you get a chance to read it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think!

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Hudson is one week old!

It may not be a significant milestone but it’s still a good reason to eat cake! And also share some more photos sent to me by readers. Thanks for your support! I hope you are all enjoying the story!

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Welcome to the world, Hudson! Keep those photos coming – I love seeing my book in the wild! Thanks for your support, everyone!

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Nerdy Book Club

Totally awesome to see my list of books featuring characters with a genetic condition on the Nerdy Book Club! Check it out! Great for teachers creating reading lists for the upcoming school year. Hope everyone is enjoying a great summer. It is going too fast for me!

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The Knight Agency

Big news – I am now represented by Kristy Hunter of the Knight Agency! It was announced in their monthly newsletter, which also includes a great article Writing to Trend vs. Writing for the Market by Kristy’s co-agent, Nephele Tempest. I’m looking forward to working with this dynamic team!

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Science in Middle Grade Fiction

Check out my guest post for Sci/Why about Science in Middle Grade Fiction.

When I first joined this group of Canadian science writers I thought my next children’s book would be a nonfiction title about space. That didn’t happen. What did happen was me realizing I could combine my love of science and fiction instead.

There are so many great titles that combine great stories and sound science. After this post was written, I came across a new book co-written by Bill Nye the Science Guy. “The perfect combination to engage and entertain readers, the series features real-world science along with action and a mystery that will leave kids guessing until the end, making these books ideal for STEM education.” I haven’t read book one yet, but I have downloaded the audiobook for our first summer road trip!

A belated Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th to my neighbours down south!!


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Speed of Life

9781492654490Speed of Life

Author: Carole Weston

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge

ISBN: 9781492654490

This is another title for the middle grade grows up category. The main character, Sofia, is fourteen-years-old – right on the line between middle grade and young adult. It was shelved in the middle grade section of my local library but has some very young adult content, mainly about sex (although none of it is graphic). On Goodreads it is recommended for ages 11-15, which seems appropriate. My 11-year-old son chose not to read it when he got to ABCs of Adolescence but I think he was already put off by the first line “WARNING: This is kind of a sad story”.

Regardless of what category this title falls into (and despite the sadness factor, or perhaps because of it), Speed of Life a wonderful read. It is impossible not to cheer for Sofia as she grieves the loss of her mother and adjusts to her dad’s new relationship. Along the way, Sofia moves from the city to the suburbs and finds romance. Some of the coincidences – Dear Kate and Sam – are a little too coincidental but the characters are memorable and authentic enough to make up of this minor quibble.

The message – even though you never forget losing those you love, life without them slowly gets easier – is beautifully conveyed. This book is both heart breaking and heart warming all at the same time. Recommended.




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Goodreads Giveaway!

My publisher, Kids Can Press, is doing an amazing job of getting Inside Hudson Pickle into the hands of reviewers! It is available as an ebook through NetGalley. On goodreads, they are giving away twenty-five hardcover copies of the book. Enter to win by July 1st.

Good luck and happy reviewing!!

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