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The Big Kids Book Club Podcast

The Big Kids Book Club Podcast

By Big Kids Everywhere!
A podcast for Big Kids who like to read Middle Grade and Young Adult books.
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Author Interviews
Book Reviews
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Big Kids Book Club Mid-Week Review: The Last Kids on Earth
Hey, hey, hey! Welcome to our new podcast segment.  We're calling it our MID-WEEK REVIEW!!! .... you know, because it's a book review... in the middle of the week? 😂📚🎙🎧 Each week, we're going to be reviewing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel and giving you the scoop on whether it's any good! Our rating system is out of 5 stars with the following categories being looked at: Plot Pacing Characters Style Setting All the catergories are ranked from five, added together and divided by 5 to give a final rating! This week's episode features: ----------------------------------------- The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier (Illustrated by Douglas Holgate) Publisher: Egmont (UK) / Penguin (US) Age Range: 7 - 11 middle grade Genre(s): Action/Adventure + Sci-Fi Page Count: 225 Star Rating:  4.6⭐(out of 5) For fans of: 13 Story Treehouse (Andy Griffiths& Terry Denton) / Knights and Bikes (Gabrielle Kent & Rex Crowle)
15:35
November 25, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - November Show: Revolution!
Hey, hey, hey! It’s a new month so I’m joined by Rab (@rabtales) and Emma (@emmakeane10) as we storm the barricades of Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction in this our REVOLUTION themed episode. We talk about rebellion in books, how bookish rebellions can open our eyes to real revolutions in our world today, and finding freedom fighters that are as diverse as we all our. ----------------------------------------------------- Books talked about in this episode: Divergent by Veronica Roth (YA) The Last Human by Lee Bacon (MG) Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (YA) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA) Maze Runner by James Dashner (YA) Fawkes by Nadine Brandes (YA) ----------------------------------------------------- We also want to give a big shout out to: Onwe Press - https://www.onwe.co/ Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com/ Campaign Against Climate Change - https://www.campaigncc.org/ ----------------------------------------------------- So sit back, relax, and get lost in a good book-ish podcast Follow us on Twitter: @Bigkidsbookclub
36:14
November 23, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interview: Guy Bass
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week’s episode of the Big Kids Book Club. In this episode, Guy Bass, author of over 30 books, including the Spyosaur, Stitchhead, Skeleton Keys, and Dinkin Dings series stops by the clubhouse to talk about his books. Guy and I talk about how drama school influenced his writing, the fun you have writing heroes and monsters (with a little bit of alien thrown in) and how narrating his books allows him to connect through lockdown.  Guy was an amazing guest and we are super grateful he was able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #SkeletonComp and tell us what imaginary friend you would like to have (or maybe did?) (UK residents only) The competition closes midnight on 27th November.
18:52
November 20, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interview: J.M.Lee
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week’s episode of the Big Kids Book Club. In this episode, J.M.Lee, author of The Dark Crystal Prequel YA novel series and upcoming The Nightland Express (Erewhon, March 2021) joins us to talk about his writing career to date. Joe and I talk about entering writing competitions on a whim, writing in Hollywood for huge multi-format projects, and finally taking road trips as part of historic research for his new book. Joe was an amazing guest and we are super grateful he was able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of J.M.Lee’s Shadows of the Dark Crystal, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #ShadowsComp and tell us what fantastical world you’d like to visit. It could be Thra or some other world? (US residents only) The competition closes midnight on 20th November.
27:45
November 13, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interviews: Tom Palmer
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week's episode of the Big Kids Book Club. In this episode, Tom Palmer, author of over 30+ books including Roy of the Rovers, Football Academy, and many historical fiction novels,  joins us in the clubhouse to talk about his journey as a children's author. Tom and I talk about finding ways to read growing up, learning to write stories with confidence, and running school visits online in the current covid climate. Tom was an amazing guest and we are super grateful he was able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Tom's latest novel, After the War, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #AftertheWarComp and tell us your peaceful place. It could be a specific or general place. (UK residents only) The competition closes midnight on 13th November.
18:40
November 6, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - October Show - Halloween
It’s a new month so I’m joined by Rab (@rabtales) and Emma (@emmakeane10) for a spooktacular Halloween episode that looks at all things horror and spooky-kooky in middle grade and young adult. Includes guest appearances by Dracula, Frankenstein, and a spooky ghost. ----------------------------------------------------- Books talked about in this episode: Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Coraline by Neil Gaiman Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy Carrie by Stephen King The Monsters of Rookhaven by Padraig Kenny Potkins and Stubbs by Sophie Green ----------------------------------------------------- So sit back, relax, and get lost in a good book-ish podcast Follow us on Twitter: @Bigkidsbookclub
40:51
October 30, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interviews: M.G. Leonard + Sam Sedgman
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week’s episode of the Big Kids Book Club. In this episode, M.G.Leonard & Sam Sedgman, author of the Adventures on Trains Series join us in the clubhouse to talk about their journey working together as children authors. We chat about visiting the national railway museum https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/ , creating real journeys through characters and research, the twist of mysteries, and their shortlist for the ‘Books are my Bag Awards’ – you can vote for the Highland Falcon Thief here: https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/vote Maya and Sam were fantastic guests and we are super grateful they were able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Highland Falcon Thief, head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #AOTComp and tell us a Fantasy or Sci-Fi train journey you’d like to go on? (UK residents only) The competition closes midnight on 30th October and the winner will be contacted on the 31st.
36:12
October 23, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interviews: Vashti Hardy
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week's episode of the Big Kids Book Club. This episode, Vashti Hardy, author of Brightstorm Series and the Blue Peter award-winning Wildspark, joins us in the clubhouse to talk about her journey as a children's author. Vashti and I catch up on writing stories that create a spark of adventure, winning the award of a lifetime, and sneaking in creative writing journals into every lesson! Vashti was an amazing guest and we are super grateful she was able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Vashti's award-winning novel, Wildspark, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #WildsparkComp as tell us your favourite animal/personifate (Made up animals are accepted!) (UK residents only) The competition closes midnight on 23rd October and the winner will be contacted on the 24th.
34:22
October 16, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interviews: Jemma Hatt
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week's episode of the Big Kids Book Club. This episode, Jemma Hatt, author of Adventurers series joins us in the clubhouse to talk about her journey as a children's author. Jemma talks about how family holidays growing up gave her the inspiration for her books, as well as working with a German publisher while not speaking a word of German! Jemma was a fantastic guest and we are super grateful she was able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Jemma's 1st novel, The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #AdventurersComp as well as tag THREE friends who you'd like to on an adventure with. (UK residents only - sorry) The competition closes midnight on 16th October and the winner will be contacted on the 17th.
18:04
October 9, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - Author Interview: Dan Walker
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week's episode of the Big Kids Book Club. This episode, Dan Walker, author of Sky Thieves and Light Hunters joins us in the clubhouse to talk about his journey as a children's author. Dan talks about his experiences, including his near-misses and struggles early on in his writing career to his new work and narrating his 1st audiobook Dan was so much fun and we were very grateful to have him on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Dan's book Light Hunters, head over to Twitter and find us @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a message with the hashtag #SquadJunoComp, and include into it your favourite monster! It could be fictional or real, but the scarier the better. (UK residents only - sorry) The competition closes midnight on 9th October and the winner will be contacted on the 10th.
24:43
October 2, 2020
Big Kids Book Club Monthly - September Part Deux
So as we seemed to have talked a bunch this month, we return to the 2nd half of our monthly podcast session! We continue with myself,  Rab (@rabtales) and Emma (@emmakeane10) as we recount our “Back to School” reads and books we're looking forward to reading (or have already read in Rab's case!) ----------------------------------------------------- Books talked about in this episode: I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you by Allie Carter (Real Name - Sarah Leigh Fogleman) Skellig by David Almond Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith A Dangerous Game by Malorie Blackman The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Dear Martin by Nic Stone The Vanishing Stairs by Maureen Johnson ----------------------------------------------------- So sit back, relax, and get lost in a good book-ish podcast Follow us on Twitter: @Bigkidsbookclub
29:36
September 25, 2020
Big Kids Book Club Monthly - September Part 1
It’s a new month so I’m rejoined alongside Rab (@rabtales) and Emma (@emmakeane10) looking at our favourite “Back to School” reads and taking some time to ponder about why School-based stories are so numerous and captivate us. ----------------------------------------------------- Books talked about in this episode: The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy Animorphs by K. A. Applegate The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ----------------------------------------------------- So sit back, relax, and get lost in a good book-ish podcast Follow us on Twitter: @Bigkidsbookclub
20:44
September 18, 2020
Big Kids Book Club Author Interview - Thomas Taylor
Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week's episode of the Big Kids Book Club.  This episode, Thomas Taylor, author of Malamander and Gargantis joins us in the clubhouse to talk about his journey from children's book illustrator to middle-grade maestro.  Thomas talks about his experiences, including almost giving up writing to find his inspiration wash up ashore while walking his dog on the beach.  Thomas was a fantastic guest and had some great insights to share and explore.  Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Thomas' book Malamander, then head off to Twitter and find us @BigKidsBookClub. There you can find our competition post which you'll need to Like and Retweet with the hashtag #MalamanderComp as well as tag THREE friends who you'd like to spend the day at the seaside with.  (UK residents only - sorry) The competition closes midnight on 17th September and Winner will be announced on the 18th. 
27:49
September 11, 2020
Big Kids Book Club - August 2020 Episode - Summer Reads
This month we trial a new format as I'm joined alongside Rab (@rabtales) and Emma (@emmakeane10) as we talk about what makes a Summer Read as well as talk about some of the books we've been reading recently and looking forward to reading.  Books discussed in this episode: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion Dry by Jarrod and Neal Schusterman Malamander by Thomas Taylor The Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable Breathless by Jennifer Niven All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Part of the Rebel of the Sands Trilogy) So put your feet up, throw on some shades and pour yourself a cocktail as we dive into the Summer reading vibes. --- Our next Big Club Book Club will return in September.
32:06
August 14, 2020
Big Kids Book Club Special - Fantasy Fight Club: Percy Jackson Vs Harry Potter
Welcome to this special edition of The YA Guy Podcast! Today's head-to-head battle, features Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief vs Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in this Debut edition of FANTASY FIGHT CLUB. What's FANTASY FIGHT CLUB? Well... you'll have to listen and find out! :D If you enjoyed this, please consider giving it a LIKE. The more you like and share, the more I can grow this podcast and my channel. Stay safe, take care and keep on reading.
30:46
May 22, 2020