Trouble in the Trees


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Orca Book Publishers
Publish Date
4.9 X 7.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Yolanda Ridge is the author of the middle-grade novel Inside Hudson Pickle and the juvenile nonfiction title CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA, both of which were Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. She has also written two environment-themed novels for Orca Young Readers line, Trouble in the Trees and Road Block. She has a master of science degree and is adept at making complex concepts understandable--a skill she uses in her writing, teaching and author visits. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia.


"Bree is a likeable and round character, and her voice rings true as a child frustrated with the world of adults. All the child characters are distinct, and Ridge brings an honesty to their conversations and thoughts. Some of the strongest scenes in the book happen when the children get together to try and affect change; there is not complete agreement immediately, and each character's motivations and personality comes through in scenes of dialogue. The portrayals of relationships are realistic, and Ridge provides readers with a strong girl protagonist who is thoughtful and adventurous. Bree's sheer frustration of trying to affect change in the bylaw, alongside her confusion at the changing boy-girl relationships in her life, make the reader empathetic to her situation...Recommended."-- "CM Magazine"
"This book will help teach young readers about the political process and how it can affect our daily lives...The short chapters and larger text will appeal to those who are making the transition to chapter books. Recommended."-- "Library Media Connection"
"Continues the standard of excellence of other titles in this series...This book not only discusses issues of courage, public speaking, friendship, and boy-girl relationships, but also introduces the basic workings of council meetings...It's also nice to see girls taking part in sports and outperforming the boys with no apologies. Bree is a great role model for young girls who want to try different things, and make their communities a better place to live."-- "Resource Links"