Colleen Mondor of Chasing Ray is practically a celebrity in the kidlit blogging world, not just for organizing the Summer and Winter Blog Blast Tours of top-quality author interviews but also for her thought-provoking blog posts about a variety of literary topics.
Colleen is also a reviewer for Bookslut, and her column last month looked at several non-fiction titles including Cybils MG/YA Non-Fiction finalist The Frog Scientist, by Pamela S. Turner with photos by Andy Comins. This Scientists in the Field title is about Berkeley professor Tyrone Hayes and his research into the effects of pesticides on frogs. In her review, Colleen says:
For this real-world example of textbook standards alone, The Frog Scientist would be a winner in my book, but the fact that Hays is African-American, and that Turner makes his personal story key to the book’s narrative, raises it above similar titles in the field.
Click here to read the rest of the review.