News & Views

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 […]


Title: Inkling Author: Kenneth Oppel Illustrator: Sydney Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 9781443450287 I’ve seen this middle grade novel on a lot of book lists (Quill & Quire Best Book, CYBILS Awards, CBC Best Book of the Year, New York Times Notable…) but the premise of an ink blot coming to life didn’t really appeal to me. Then […]

No Fixed Address

Title: No Fixed Address Author: Susin Nielsen Publisher: Tundra Books Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge ISBN: 978-0735262751 This is the second book by Susan Nielsen that I’ve reviewed on this site. I usually like to share the love but her latest title is too good to be overlooked. Unlike We Are All Made Of Molecules, this book does not cross […]

Book Deal!

Here’s the good news I teased you with in my previous post… I just signed a nonfiction book deal with Annick Press for a book on gene editing aimed at students in grades 9-12!! Maybe you’ve never heard of CRISPR. Or more likely – since it’s regularly in the news – you’ve heard of it […]

Grade 4 is where it’s at!

  I had so much fun talking to the fourth graders at Rossland Summit School about the Magic of Three. Even though I totally believe in the Magic of Three, I’m totally inspired by the Creativity of Four (or the kids in grade four, anyway). Thanks for hosting me and good luck with your writing! […]