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Middle Grade Mavens

By Julie Grasso+Pamela Ueckerman
The Middle-Grade Mavens are two Australian authors reviewing middle-grade children's books. We also chat with authors and illustrators about their inspiration, processes and experience and sometimes we interview publishers and agents to find out more about the industry. Whether you're a writer, school librarian, teacher, or just a book fan, this is for you. Julie Anne Grasso is the author of the Frankie Dupont Mystery series, cupcake enthusiast and part-time library book wrangler. Pamela Ueckerman is a dance teacher, writer, book reviewer, editor and home educator.
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Episode 93: Interview with Samone Amba: Author of The Good Times of Pelican Rise
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie chats to Samone Amba, author of The Good Times of Pelican Rise, released on July 27 2021 by Affirm Press, and Illustrated by Lucy Zhang.  The idea for this series came to Samone while she was shelving books in the middle-grade section of Beaumaris Library. Her creative license wants to add that a book fell on her head, like Henny Penny’s acorn or Isaac Newton’s apple, but that is simply untrue. Samone is now a pre-service early learning and primary school teacher and will one day be teaching middle grade as well as writing it! About the book: The Good Times of Pelican Rise: Save the Joey's UGH! After-school care, again? It's official: they've finally reached grade six, and Sunday Moon and her besties Ockie, Kirra and Lottie are Legends of the School! But no matter how legendary they are, as soon as the end of day bell rings they are MAROONED in after-school care at Club Koala. Day in, day out, with only the karaoke-loving grade twos and nit-infested preppies for company. After the worst summer of bushfires ever, Sunday is determined to ditch the headstand competitions and use her time at Club Koala to make a difference. Sunday's parents might say NO! to getting a pet, but that won't stop Sunday from saving as many joeys as she can - with the help of her friends, a radio station, a whole bunch of wool from the op shop, and a LOT of animal memes. Welcome to The Good Times of Pelican Rise ... a fun series that explores growing up, getting involved, hanging out with besties and using your voice to Be the Change. The Good Times of Pelican Rise Save the Joeys By: Samone Amba, Illustrated by Lucy Zhang Publisher: Affirm Press Available: 27th July 2021 ISBN: 9781922419217 Number Of Pages: 300 Link to Buy The Good Times of Pelican Rise, Save the Joeys by Samone Amba | 9781922419217 | Booktopia To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Instagram Middle Grade Mavens (@middle_grade_mavens_podcast) • Instagram photos and videos
24:36
July 25, 2021
Episode 92: In conversation: Annabel Barker and Sally Kim on the US market and International Rights!
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, we have special guests Annabel Barker and Sally Kim, in conversation about the changing trends in the US market and international rights management. We found this chat utterly fascinating and we know you will too! Plus Annabel opens her submission up in July, so get subbing folks! About Annabel: Annabel Barker Agency is a small agency with a global vision. With many years experience working in international rights at some of the world’s leading children’s publishing houses, Annabel has a broad, in-house knowledge of publishing and loves to represent Australian writers and artists into both local and international markets. Annabel is interested in writing and illustration that showcases the depth of the Australian experience. We represent a talented list of writers and artists from Australia, selling rights worldwide. We also represent rights on a book-by-book basis on behalf of a number of Australian independent children’s publishers. Our clients include Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Affirm Press, Thames and Hudson Australia, Jacinta Di Mase Agency and others. Annabel will be open to submission in July 2021 so please check her website for details... Submissions — Annabel Barker Agency About Sally Kim: Sally Kim is a children’s book publishing consultant based in San Francisco. She was previously marketing director for Chronicle Books and has extensive experience publishing award-winning authors and bestselling series. To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
28:13
June 27, 2021
Episode 91: Elsewhere Girls / The Right Way To Rock/ Interview Emily Gale and Nova Weetman / Interview Nat Amoore
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Elsewhere Girls," by Emily Gale and Nova Weetman, and Julie reviews, "The Right Way To Rock," by Nat Amoore.  Plus Pamela chats to Emily and Nova and Julie chat's to Nat.  Author's Website: Emily Gale | Author of Junior & Young Adult Fiction (emilygalebooks.com)  Authors Website: Nova Weetman Elsewhere Girls By: Emily Gale, Nova Weetman  Published: 4th May 2021  Publisher: Text Publishing ISBN: 9781922330451  Ages 10+ Author  Website:  About - Nat Amoore Children's Author and Podcast Host The Right Way to Rock By: Nat Amoore  Available: 1st June 2021  Publisher: Puffin Books  ISBN: 9781760897703  For Ages: 9 - 11 years old  Nat's new podcast: https://omny.fm/shows/project-ari/playlists/project-ari  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Instagram Middle Grade Mavens (@middle_grade_mavens_podcast) • Instagram photos and videos
01:20:46
June 16, 2021
Episode 90: Interview Annabel Barker of Annabel Barker Agency
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie chats to Annabel Barker about her new literary agency, international rights and some great new books to give some extra love to. Annabel Barker Agency is a small agency with a global vision. With many years experience working in international rights at some of the world’s leading children’s publishing houses, Annabel has a broad, in-house knowledge of publishing and loves to represent Australian writers and artists into both local and international markets. Annabel is interested in writing and illustration that showcases the depth of the Australian experience. We represent a talented list of writers and artists from Australia, selling rights worldwide. We also represent rights on a book-by-book basis on behalf of a number of Australian independent children’s publishers. Our clients include Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Affirm Press, Thames and Hudson Australia, Jacinta Di Mase Agency and others. Annabel will be open to submission in July 2021 so please check her website for details... Submissions — Annabel Barker Agency Book Annabel mentioned: This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder | 9781760761110 | Booktopia Howl by Kat Patrick | 9781925849806 | Booktopia To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
25:47
June 7, 2021
Episode 89: Pawcasso / The Ballad of Melodie Rose / Interview with Remy Lai
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Pawcasso," by Remy Lai and Julie reviews, "The Ballad of Melodie Rose," by Kate Gordon, illustrated by Rachel Tribout, plus Remy stops by for an interview. Author Website: REMY LAI - Home Pawcasso By: Remy Lai Published: 25th May 2021 Publisher: Walker Books Australia ISBN: 9781250774484 For Ages: 8 - 12 years old Author Website: https://kategordon.com.au The Ballad of Melodie Rose By: Kate Gordon Available: 1st June 2021 Publisher: University of Queensland Books ISBN: 9780702263217 Ages: 8-12 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
41:57
June 2, 2021
Episode 88: Interview with Shirley Marr, author of A Glasshouse of Stars
Today on Middle grade Mavens, Pamela interviews Shirley Marr, author of, "A Glasshouse of Stars." About Shirley's book: A Glasshouse of Stars Meixing Lim and her family have arrived at the New House in the New Land, inherited from First Uncle who died tragically and unexpectedly while picking oranges in the backyard. Everything is vast and unknown to Meixing and not in a good way, including the house she has dubbed Big Scary. She is embarrassed by the second-hand shoes given to her by the kind neighbours, has trouble understanding the language at school, and with fitting in and making new friends. Her solace is a glasshouse in the garden that inexplicably holds the sun and the moon and all the secrets of her memory and imagination. Her fragile universe is rocked when tragedy strikes and Ma Ma refuses to face the world outside. Meixing finds herself trapped within the shrinking walls of Big Scary. Her parents said this would be a better life for them all, but it feels like the worst and most heart-breaking experience of Meixing's entire existence. Surviving will take all the resilience and inner belief of this brave girl to turn their world around. A Glasshouse of Stars By: Shirley Marr Published: 4th May 2021 Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9781760899547 For Ages: 9+ years old To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
39:29
May 27, 2021
Episode 87: A Glasshouse of Stars / Middle Grade Graphic Novel Spotlight
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "A Glasshouse of Stars," by Shirley Marr, and Julie goes off book with some Middle Grade graphic Novels we have enjoyed over the last few months.... Want this at your local library, here's what you need. A Glasshouse of Stars By: Shirley Marr Published: 4th May 2021 Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9781760899547 Number Of Pages: 288 For Ages: 9+ years old Middle Grade Book Spotlight: book links below The Watcher's Test : DeadEndia, Deadendia by Hamish Steele | 9781910620472 | Booktopia   10+ DeadEndia, The Broken Halo by Hamish Steele | 9781910620625 | Booktopia  10+ Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1), 1, Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack | 9780545528436 | Booktopia https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-mystery-of-the-moon-tower-francesco-sedita/book/9780425291870.html To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
24:48
May 12, 2021
Episode 86: Interview: Jackie French / Interview: Emily Rodda
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela interviews, Jackie French, author of "The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle," and Emily Rodda, author of "Eliza Vanda's Button box." About Jackie's book: The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle: It's 1932, the height of the Depression, and Butter O'Bryan and his friends have another mystery to solve. The Very Small Castle is home to Butter O'Bryan, his father, three aunts, friends Gil, Olive and Tish, and their dog, Woofer. But now there's also a monster at the castle! When glamorous film actress Delilah Divine vanishes in the middle of filming on Howlers Beach, the police suspect her co-star, the war-hero actor behind the movie's villainous monster ... But soon even more strange disappearances leave the police baffled. It's up to Butter to solve the mystery of the vanishing film star, but can he crack it before it's too late? Want this at your local library, here's what you need? Title: The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle Published: 7th April 2021 ISBN: 9781460757734 Number Of Pages: 272 For Ages: 10+ years old Jackie's website: Home | jackie-french (jackiefrench.com) About Emily's book: Buttons three, attend to me! Take me where I want to be! No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising 'Cabins for Rent' was almost hidden by a pile of builder's rubble, but Eliza Vanda didn't seem at all put out by the mess. 'This is a nice little pocket,' she said. 'It should suit us very well.' Life hasn't been much fun for Milly Dynes lately. There seem to be problems everywhere she looks. She's always loved her home in Tidgy Bay, but at the moment she wishes she was somewhere -anywhere - else. Then Eliza Vanda turns up-and magic comes with her ... Want this at your local library, here's what you need? Title: Eliza Vanda's Button Box Available: 5th May 2021 ISBN: 9781460759608 Number Of Pages: 288 For Ages: 8+ years old To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:30:51
May 3, 2021
Episode 85: Eliza Vanda's Button Box / The Magicians Map / Planet Alterra
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Eliza Vanda's Button Box," by Emily Rodda, and Julie reviews, "The Magicians Map," by Kelly Ngai and Mikki Lish. Author Links: Welcome | Emily Rodda Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Emily Rodda Title: Eliza Vanda's Button Box Format: Book Publisher: Harper Collins Date: 5th May 2021 ISBN: 9781460759608 BOOK Author Links: Chicken House Books - The Magician's Map Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Kelly Ngai and Mikki Lish Title: The Magicians Map Format: Book Publisher: Chicken House Date: 1 June 2021 ISBN: 9781913322564 To purchase Madeline and Lyla's book, "Planet Alterra," head to planetalterra.carrd.co To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
20:07
April 29, 2021
Episode 84: Interview with Catherine Doyle / Interview with Belinda Murrell
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela chats to Catherine Doyle, author of "The Storm Keepers Battle," book 3 in the Storm Keepers Trilogy and Julie chats to Belinda Murrell, author of "The Golden Tower." About Catherine's Book: The Storm Keepers Battle: Fionn Boyle, Storm Keeper of Arranmore, is facing the fight of his life. The terrifying all- powerful sorceress Morrigan has been raised from the dead and has sealed off the island from all help. Fionn is the only thing that stands between her and a dark future. He's got to find a way to defeat her. But there are some terrible choices in store for Fionn as the dark sorcerer begins to take his nearest and dearest for her own. With only two candles left to burn, will Fionn master his powers in time to stop her? Author Links: Home | catherinedoylebooks Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Catherine Doyle Title: The Storm Keepers Battle Format: Book Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 30 March 2021 ISBN: 9781526607966 About Belinda's Book: The Golden Tower:  In her wildest dreams, Sophie never thought she might be kidnapped by a cat and taken to a world of flying horses and wonder – but also magic, mystery and danger! Transported to the land of Tuscia, Sophie accidentally saves the daughter of a wealthy family and is swept along on their journey to the Golden Tower. Now she is the only one standing between sisters Isabella and Bia and the terrible fate their stepmother has planned. Sophie doesn’t think she is brave enough, but with the help of a talking cat, a stableboy and some very tiny mischief-makers, she might be able to save the day. Author Links: Home · Belinda Murrell Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Belinda Murrell Title: The Golden Tower Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date: 2 March 2021 ISBN: 9781760897093 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:13:16
April 21, 2021
Episode 83: Storm Keepers' Battle / The Golden Tower / The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Storm Keepers' Battle," by Catherine Doyle, and "The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle," By Jackie French, and Julie reviews, "The Golden Tower," by Belinda Murrell. Author Links: Home | catherinedoylebooks Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Catherine Doyle Title: The Storm Keepers' Battle Format: Book Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 30 March 2021 ISBN: 9781526607966 Author Links: Home · Belinda Murrell Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Belinda Murrell Title: The Golden Tower Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date: 2 March 2021 ISBN: 9781760897093 Author Links: Home | jackie-french Want this at your local library? Here's what you will need! Author: Jackie French Title: The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle Format: Book Publisher: Harper Collins Date: April 7, 2021 ISBN: 9781460757734 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
28:09
April 14, 2021
Episode 82: Interview with Susanne Gervay / Interview with Kate Foster
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela chats with Susanne Gervay, author of "Heroes of the Secret Underground," and Julie chats to Kate Foster, author of "Paws." About Susanne's book: Heroes of the Secret Underground: A timely and powerful time-slip story inspired by the author's family in Budapest during the Holocaust Louie lives with her brothers, Bert and Teddy, in a hotel run by their grandparents. It is one of Sydney's grand old buildings, rich in history ... and in secrets. When a rose-gold locket, once thought lost, is uncovered, it sends Louie and her brothers spinning back in time. Back to a world at war: Budapest in the winter of 1944, where their grandparents are hiding secrets of their own ... From bestselling author Susanne Gervay comes a heart-racing timeslip story inspired by her own family's escape from Budapest during the Holocaust. Author website: Susanne Gervay (sgervay.com) About Kate's book: Paws:  At home, Alex's best friend is Kevin the cockapoo, although what he wants most of all is a friend at school. But that is harder than he ever expected. A touching story about learning that friendship isn't one size fits all and is often found where you least expect it. Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he's devised a plan - impress the kids at school by winning a trophy at the PAWS Dog Show with his trusty sidekick, Kevin. This should be a walk in the park . . . right? Author website: kate foster, children's AUTHOR! - Home (kfosterbooks.com) Kate's Middle Grade Book recommendations: Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick | 9781913102203 | Booktopia Theodora Hendrix and the Monstrous League of Monsters by Jordan Kopy     Theodora Hendrix and the Monstrous League of Monsters, Theodora Hendrix by Jordan Kopy | 9781406392616 | Booktopia The Switching Hour by Damaris Young   The Switching Hour by Damaris Young | 9781407195049 | Booktopia To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:06:33
April 7, 2021
Episode 81: Heroes of the Secret Underground / Huda and Me / Paws / Interview with H. Hayek
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Heroes of the Secret Underground by Sussanne Gervay, and "Huda and Me," by H. Hayek whilst Julie reviews, "Paws," by Kate Foster.   Author links: Susanne Gervay (sgervay.com) Want this book at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: Heroes of the Secret Underground Author: Susanne Gervay Publisher: Harper Collins Available: 7th April 2021 ISBN: 9781460758335 Number Of Pages: 240 For Ages: 9+ years old Author Links: Home - H Hayek Want this book at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: Huda and Me Author: H. Hayek Publisher: Allen and Unwin Available: 30th March 2021 ISBN: 9781760526023 Number Of Pages: 208 For Ages: 9 - 13 years old Author Links: kate foster, children's AUTHOR! - Home (kfosterbooks.com) Want this book at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: Paws Author: Kate Foster Publisher: Walker Books Australia Available: 7th April 2021 ISBN: 9781760652661 Number Of Pages: 240 For Ages: 9 - 13 years old To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
47:10
March 31, 2021
Episode 80: Interview: Elizabeth Honey: Author of From Stella Street to Amsterdam
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela interviews, Elizabeth Honey, author of "From Stella Street to Amsterdam," published by Allen and Unwin in September 2020. About the book: When Henni's stubborn old neighbour Willa insists on returning to her childhood home in the Netherlands for a wedding, Henni leaps at the chance to be her travelling companion. 'Lucky duck! Fantastic opportunity!' That's what everyone in Stella Street said. 'Oh boy, chance of a lifetime.' But during the long flight to Amsterdam, Willa reveals to Henni the real reason for her journey: a terrible family secret stretching back to the Second World War. As Henni makes friends with more and more of Willa's relatives, she must decide if they should know the truth. And is that the only mystery? A triumphant return to the wonderful, warm and witty world of Stella Street by the much-loved author Elizabeth Honey. Author Bio: Elizabeth Honey grew up on a farm, went to Swinburne art school, had adventures abroad and a variety of jobs before becoming an illustrator, then also a writer, for children. She lives in Richmond, Melbourne in a house of books: picture books, poetry, art (Matisse particularly) and weird books. Fortunately, her retired graphic designer husband is also a bibliophile. They have two grown-up children and a granddaughter in Amsterdam. All her life Elizabeth has zoomed around on her bike - not a lycra rider, just a charging-round-the-place rider - and that vibrant bike city in the Netherlands has become an inspiration. She's also passionate about streets for people not cars, public parkland and place-making, and an abiding passion is habitat for wildlife, for the survival of our unique animals. Want this at your local library, here's what you will need. Title: From Stella Street to Amsterdam Author: Elizabeth Honey ISBN: 9781865084541 Publisher: Allen and Unwin Children's Date: September 2020 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
34:26
March 24, 2021
Episode 79: From Stella Street To Amsterdam / Girl Of The Southern Sea
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "From Stella Street to Amsterdam," by Elizabeth Honey, and Julie reviews, "Girl Of The Southern Sea," by Michelle Kadarusman.  Author Links: Elizabeth Honey - Official Website - Home Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Elizabeth Honey Title: From Stella Street to Amsterdam Format: Book Publisher: Murdock Books Date: Feb 2021 ISBN: 9781911631972 Author Links: Michelle Kadarusman | UQP Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Michelle Kadarusman Title: Girl of The Southern Sea Format: Book Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date: 2 February 2021 ISBN: 9780702262937 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
18:54
March 17, 2021
Episode 78: Wend Orr interview / Kelly Ngai and Mikki Lish interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela chats to Wendy Orr, about her latest book "Cuckoo's Flight," and Julie chats to Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai about their debut book, "The House On Hoarder Hill." About Wendy's Book: When Clio's town in Bronze Age Crete is threatened by seafaring raiders, she faces the greatest sacrifice of all. Can Clio, her herd of horses and a new young friend find a way to change their destinies? Another wonderfully engaging historical middle fiction adventure from the author of Dragonfly Song and Nim's Island. If she had stayed to load the kiln as she should have, she'd never have seen the ship. Mama said the ship still would have been there, so everything had to happen the way it did. But that's not true. Clio saw it, and the world changed. When a raiders' ship appears off the coast, the goddess demands an unthinkable price to save the town - and Clio's grandmother creates a sacred statue to save Clio's life. But Clio is torn between the demands of guarding the statue and caring for her beloved horses. Disabled in an accident, she must try to put aside her own grief at no longer being able to ride - and in the process, save a friend's life and stop a war. Rippling with emotion and drama, war and resistance, fear and determination, this novel is a brilliant companion to the highly acclaimed Dragonfly Song and Swallow's Dance. Website: Home · Wendy Orr About Mikki and Kelly's Book:  Magical, spooky and mysterious: welcome to the House on Hoarder Hill ... When Hedy and Spencer start receiving messages on dusty picture frames, Christmas at their grandfather's spooky house turns into a mission to solve the mystery of their grandmother's disappearance. What is their magician grandfather not telling them? With the help of a (talking) mounted stag head, an (also talking) bear rug, and other (currently) disembodied spirits, and against the resistance of gargoyles and ravens, Hedy and Spencer set out to find the truth. Website: Chicken House Books - House on Hoarder Hill To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:07:30
March 10, 2021
Episode 77: Cuckoo's Flight / The House on Hoarder Hill
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Cuckoo's Flight," by Wendy Orr, and Julie reviews, "The House on Hoarder Hill," by Mikki Lish and Kelly Kgai.  Author Links: https://wendyorr.com/  Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need.  Author: Wendy Orr Title: Cuckoo's Flight Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: 2nd March 2021 ISBN: 9781760524913  Author Links: Chicken House Books - House on Hoarder Hill Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need.  Authors: Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai Title: The House On Hoarder Hill Format: Book Publisher: Chicken House Books Date: 1 June 2020 ISBN: 9781912626212 Youtube House On Hoarder Hill Trailer https://youtu.be/thW2Md9s6Ks  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
18:02
March 3, 2021
Episode 76: Interview Jacqui Jones: Author of The Greatfulness Guide
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela chats to Jacqui Jones, author of "The Greatfulness Guide; Next level thinking, how to think, not what to think,' Published by Murdock Books on January 5 2021. Author Links: Home - Jacqueline Jones About Jacqui's book: A mental wellness toolkit for tweens If life is a journey, then this book is an unmissable stop along the way. The Greatfulness Guide is a practical and interactive resource that sets the foundations for strong mental health and positive, resilient thinking. This entertaining guidebook provides a map that teaches children step-by-step how to use their minds to care for themselves in times of stress or worry, and to truly flourish. Packed with fun, engaging activities and real-life examples from Novak Djokovic, Mel Robbins, Andy McCann, Isaiah Dawe and many others, The Greatfulness Guide teaches young people HOW to think, not WHAT to think, giving them the power, the self-belief, and the tools to bounce back from life's challenges. Based on the Greatfulness wellbeing program which has been taught to thousands of school children aged 8-13 and endorsed by education standard authorities, this book is an essential read for every child before they hit their teenage years. About the author:  Jacqui Jones has over 20 years' experience in the field of education & social work with qualifications in social work, positive psychology and as a meditation teacher. Jacqui is also the Founder of the Greatfulness wellbeing program and has inspired thousands of students through her work and ongoing commitment to empowering our younger generations. Jacqui has also delivered transformational learning for teachers, parents and organisations such as TAFE NSW, NSW Police Force (PCYC) and NSW Government teams. She is a visiting facilitator at the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education where she teaches 'Mindfulness for Busy Lives'. She is an in-demand guest speaker for wellness providers, mental health events and teachers conferences and her work has been featured in the media including The Sydney Morning Herald and Channel 7's, The Daily Edition. Jacqui truly believes in the revolutionary power of meditation and credits this tool for helping her overcome major depression. She is living proof that meditation works and feels driven to share this tool with others to also enable them to live from a place of authenticity and joy. Title: The Greatfulness Guide Author: Jacqui Jones ISBN:9781922351319 Publisher: Murdoch Books Date: January 2021 Ages: 8-13 Book links: The Greatfulness Guide - Jacqui Jones - 9781922351319 - Murdoch books To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
19:55
February 27, 2021
Episode 75: Interview Nicki Greenberg / Interview Amie Kaufman
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela interviews Nicki Greenberg about her book, "The Detectives Guide To Ocean Travel, published by Affirm Press 0n 23rd Feb 2021,  cover by Sylvia Morris, and Julie, interviews Amie Kaufman, about her book, "The World Between Blinks," co-authored by Ryan Graudin, published by Harper Collins Australia on February 11, 2021, cover by Julia Murray. About Nicki's Book: The Detectives Guide To Ocean Travel For as long as she can remember, Pepper Stark has wanted one thing: to join her father, the Captain, aboard the magnificent RMS Aquitania on a voyage to New York. She has never been allowed to set foot on her father’s ship – until now. From the decadent food to the star-studded passenger list, travelling First Class on Aquitania is every bit as glamorous as Pepper had imagined. And most dazzling of all is American stage sensation Perdita West, wearing the world-famous Saffron Diamond around her neck. When the priceless jewel disappears mid-voyage, Pepper unexpectedly finds herself entangled in the crime. With the Captain’s reputation at stake, Pepper and her new friends set out to solve the mystery. But finding a missing diamond isn’t so easy on Aquitania, where everyone has something to hide Author Links: NICKI GREENBERG Illustrator Links: Sylvia Morris – illustration + science communication About Amie and Ryan's book: The World Between Blinks Discover a magical world where lost things are found ... Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family legend. This summer, with the whole family reuniting for one last vacation at Nana's home, the cousins are in for a legendary trip of their own. Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse - then accidentally slip into another world ... The World Between Blinks is a magical place, where all kinds of lost things (and people!) end up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history - plus a few they thought were only myths. But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol's journey home doesn't want to be found ... and if the cousins don't catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world forever. Author Links: amiekaufman.com Amie's Podcast link: Amie Kaufman on Writing: A Podcast Illustrator Links:  Julia Murray - Illustrator + Designer (jumurray.com) To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:10:00
February 25, 2021
Episode 74: The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel / The World Between Blinks
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Detectives Guide to Ocean Travel," by Nicki Greenberg, illustrated by Sylvia Morris, and Julie reviews, "The World Between Blinks," by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin, illustrated by Julia Murray.  Author Links: NICKI GREENBERG Illustrator Links: Sylvia Morris – illustration + science communication Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author:  Nikki Greenberg Illustrator: Sylvia Morris Title: The Detectives Guide To Ocean Travel Format: Book Publisher:  Affirm Date: 23 Feb 2021 ISBN:  9781922400673 Author Links: amiekaufman.com Ryan Graudin Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author:  Amie Kaufman, Ryan Graudin Title: The World Between Blinks Format: Book Publisher: Harper Collins Australia  Date: 11 Feb 2021 ISBN: 9781460757628 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
22:03
February 17, 2021
Episode 73: Rebecca Lim interview: Author of Tiger Daughter / Katrina Nannestad Interview: Author of We Are Wolves
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie chats with Rebecca Lim, about her new release, "Tiger Daughter," on February 2, by Allen and Unwin. And Pamela Chat's to Katrina Nannestad, about her recently released, "We Are Wolves,' on October 2020. About Rebecca's book: Tiger Daughter Wen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying than the life her parents expect her to lead. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, Tiger Daughter is a wonderfully compelling and authentic Own Voices novel about growing up Asian in Australia. What I feel most days is that nothing is ever going to change. That my life won't even start, and that I'll be stuck like this forever. Wen Zhou is the daughter and only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has proven to be not so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao - whose mum and dad are also struggling immigrants - both dream of escape from their unhappy circumstances, and form a plan to sit an entrance exam to a selective high school far from home. But when tragedy strikes, it will take all of Wen's resilience and resourcefulness to get herself and Henry through the storm that follows. ISBN: 9781760877644 Publisher: Allen and Unwin  Publication Date: February 2021 Page Extent: 224 Format: Paperback - B format Age: 11 - 14 Author Interview: Katrina Nannestad About Katrina's book: We Are Wolves Sometimes it's good to be wild. When the Russian Army marches into East Prussia at the end of the war, the Wolf family must flee. Liesl, Otto and their baby sister Mia find themselves lost and alone, in a blizzard, in the middle of a war zone. Liesl has promised Mama that she will keep her brother and sister safe. But sometimes, to survive, you have to do bad things. Dangerous things. Wild things. Sometimes to survive, you must become a wolf. Bestselling author Katrina Nannestad returns with her most masterful novel yet - a book to crack open your heart, a book to light you up inside, a book to love. Published: 29th October 2020 ISBN: 9780733340888 Number Of Pages: 320 For Ages: 10+ years old To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
54:35
February 10, 2021
Episode 72: Mavens return 2021 / We are Wolves / Tiger Daughter
Welcome back to Middle Grade Mavens 2021. Today, Pamela reviews, "We Are Wolves," by Katrina Nannestad and Julie reviews, "Tiger Daughter," by Rebecca Lim. Plus Katrina stops by the Mavens hot seat for an interview... Author links: Katrina Nannestad Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author:  Katrina Nannestad Title: We Are Wolves Format: Book Publisher:  ABC Books Date: 29 October 2020 ISBN: 9780733340888 Author links:  Tiger Daughter - Rebecca Lim - 9781760877644 - Allen & Unwin - Australia (allenandunwin.com) Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Rebecca Lim Title: Tiger Daughter Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: 2 February 2021 ISBN: 9781760877644 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
22:10
February 4, 2021
Episode 71: Bonus: Crossover with Words And Nerds Podcast:
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we are doing something different. We are crossing over to have a chat with the wonderful Dani Vee.  Dani is host of the popular literary podcast Words and Nerds, where she chats to authors of all genres about the social and political impact of the writing and the writing process. An English educator for 17 years, she has been a bookworm since birth and loves the classics, crime fiction, contemporary fiction, kid lit and everything in between. Don’t even get her started on her love for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray! Dani is happiest reading a book underneath a blanket with a cup of tea and a lot of dark chocolate. With a love for the creative, she has also been a back up singer/ dancer for the award winning Australian Tina Turner Show, as well as the lead singer for a few original bands. The only place you’ll find her singing now is in the shower or the rare occasion she’s in the kitchen burning something. Dani is a passionate advocate for an empathic and just society, and believes that books have the power to change the world. We chat about all things books, authoring, interviewing, podcasting and so much more.... To learn more about Words and Nerds Podcast, head on over to Home | wordsandnerds We will return to our regular reviews and interview, February 4 2021, so stay tuned... To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
53:28
January 13, 2021
Episode 70: Top 20 for 2020 / The Odds / The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable Enviroteens / Kate O'Donnell /Matt Stanton interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie reviews, "The Odds," by Matt Stanton, and "The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable Enviroteens," by First Dog On The Moon.  But first, please stop by Maven Julie's gorgeous sister's new website, give her a like and subscribe!  https://daybreakenglish.com/ Author links: About — Matt Stanton Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Matt Stanton Title: The Odds Format: Book Publisher: Harper Collins Date: October 2020 ISBN: 9780733340635 Author links: Glorious home of Walkley Award winning political cartoonist - First Dog On The Moon Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: First Dog on the moon Title: The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable Enviroteens Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: December 2020 ISBN: 9781760526122 Mavens top 20 for 2020! So be sure to stop by Sun Bookshop – 10 Ballarat Street, Yarraville to support local bookshops! Julie's top picks... The Lizards tale by Weng Wai Chan, published by Text. Anzac Girl, by Kate Simpson illustrated by Jess Racklyeft, published by Allen and Unwin. Gargantis, by Thomas Taylor, published by Walker Books The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore, published by Penguin Random House. The Theory of Hummingbirds, by Michelle Kadarusman, published by UQP. The Strangeworlds Travel agency, by LD Lapinski, Illustrated by Natalie Smillie published by Hachette. The Inkberg Enigma by Jonathan King, published by Gecko Press. The Heartsong of Wonder Quin, by Kate Gordon, published by UQP. Egg and Spoon by Alexandra Tylee, Illustrated by Giselle Clarkson, published by Gecko Press. The Odds by Matt Stanton, published by Harper Collins. To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:19:21
December 10, 2020
Episode 69 reload: The Witch's Boy / Zoe, Max And The Bicycle Bus / Steven Herrick
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Witch's Boy," by Kelly Barnhill and Julie reviews, "Zoe, Max and The Bicycle Bus," by Steven Herrick, Illustrated by Jo Hunt. Plus Steven stops into the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author links: Kelly Barnhill, Writer Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Kelly Barnhill Title: The Witch's Boy Format: Book Publisher: Bonnier Date: 1 September 2020 ISBN:9781848129351 Author links: index (stevenherrick.com.au) Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Steven Herrick Title: Zoe, Max And The Bicycle Bus Format: Book Publisher: UQP Date: October 2020 ISBN: 9780702263002 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
43:13
November 26, 2020
Episode 68 : The Werewolves Who Weren't /Fly On The Wall / Pierre's Not There / School Rules Are Optional / T.C Shelley / Ursula Dubosarsky
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Werewolves Who Weren't," by T.C. Shelley, and "Fly On The Wall," By Remy Lai, and Julie Reviews, 'Pierre's Not There," by Ursula Dubosarsky, and "School Rules Are Optional," by Alison Hart.  Plus Shelley and Ursula stop by for a chat. https://www.naidoc.org.au/ Children's Laureate Tales of All Kinds by Ursula Dubosarsky: https://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/tales-of-all-kinds?fbclid=IwAR1ehED7KC-_jPFfq5KRKhGCnadtmX5HrjpIe39ijYxrIhyfSlDMdm0CnsM https://australiareads.org.au/ Author links: https://www.bloomsbury.com/author/t-c-shelley/ Illustrator links: http://www.claire-powell.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: T.C Shelley Illustrator: Claire Powell Title: The Werewolves Who Weren't Format: Book Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 29th September 2020 ISBN:9781526600806 Author/ Illustrator links: https://remylai.com/books.html Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Remy Lai Title: Fly On The Wall Format: Book Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: September 2020 ISBN:9781760652654 Author links: http://ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com/ Illustrator links: http://www.chrisillo.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Ursula Dubosarsky Illustrator: Christopher Nielsen Title: Pierre's Not There Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: November 2020 ISBN: 9781760525934 Author links: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/School-Rules-Are-Optional-The-Grade-Six-Survival-Guide-1-Alison-Hart-9781760525712 Illustrator links: https://lizanelli-illustration.com/# Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Alison Hart Illustrator: Liz Anelli Title: School Rules Are Optional Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: November 2020 ISBN: 9781760525712 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
02:00:02
November 11, 2020
Episode 67: The Boy, The Wolf And The Stars / This One Is Ours / Shivaun Plozza / Kate O'Donnell
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Boy, The Wolf And The Stars," By Shivaun Plozza, Illustrated by Julia Iredale, and Julie reviews, "This One Is Ours," by Kate O'Donnell, Illustrated by Astred Hicks, plus Shivaun and Kate stop into the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author links: https://www.shivaunplozza.com/ Illustrator links: http://www.juliairedale.com/book-covers-1 Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Shivaun Plozza Illustrator: Title: The Boy, The Wolf and the Stars Format: Book Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Date: 17 November 2020 ISBN: 9780358243892 Author links: https://www.kateodonnell.com.au/ Illustrator links: http://designcherry.com/about-2/  Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Kate O'Donnell Illustrator: Astred Hicks Title: This One Is Ours Format: Book Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date: 29 September 2020 ISBN: 9780702260285 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:08:39
October 28, 2020
Episode 66: The Grandest Bookshop In the World / How To Write the Soundtrack To your Life / Never and Forever/ Amelia Mellor / Lian Tanner
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Grandest Bookshop In The World," by Amelia Mellor, Illustrated by Sylvia Morris, and "The Wizards of Once book 4: Never and Forever." Julie reviews, "How To Write the Soundtrack To Your Life," by Fiona Hardy, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft.  Plus, Amelia Mellor and Lian Tanner stop into the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author links: https://liantanner.com.au/for-teachers/ Author links: https://ameliamellorsfantasticnarratograph.wordpress.com/about/ Illustrator links: https://sylviamorris.com.au/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Amelia Mellor Title: The Grandest Bookshop In The World Format: Book Publisher: Affirm Press Date: 29 September 2020 ISBN: 9781925972955 Author links: https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/fiona-hardy/ Illustrator links: https://jessesmess.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Fiona Hardy Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft Title: How To Write the Soundtrack To Your Life Format: Book Publisher: Affirm Press Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9781922419132 Author Links: Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Cressida Cowell Title: The Wizards of Once book 4: Never and Forever Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Date: 22 September 2020 ISBN: 9781444956627 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:32:42
October 14, 2020
Episode 65: The Wild Way Home / Hollowpox / A Clue For Clara / Egg and Spoon / Renee Treml / Jessica Townsend
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Wild Way Home," by Sophie Kirtley and "Hollowpox," by Jessica Townsend and Julie reviews, "A Clue For Clara," by Lian Tanner, Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini and "Egg and Spoon," by Alexandra Tylee, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson.  Plus Renee Treml  and Jessica Townsend stop in to the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author links: https://www.sophiekirtley.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Sophie Kirtley Illustrator: Title: The Wild Way Home Format: Book  Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9781526616289 Author links: https://www.hachette.com.au/jessica-townsend/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Jessica Townsend Title: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Date: 29 September 2020 ISBN: 9780734418241 Author links: https://liantanner.com.au/ Illustrator links: https://cherylorsiniillustration.blogspot.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Lian Tanner Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Title: A Clue For Clara Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: 4 August 2020 ISBN: 9781760877699 Author links: https://geckopress.com/author_illustrator/alexandra-tylee/ Illustrator links: https://www.giselledraws.com/about/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Alexandra Tylee Illustrator: Giselle Clarkson Title: Egg and Spoon Format: Book Publisher: Gecko Press Date: October 7 2020 ISBN: 9781776572984 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:49:34
September 30, 2020
Episode 64: The Silver Arrow / Rebel Gods / The Heartsong of Wonder Quin/ Will Kostakis / Kate Gordon
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Silver Arrow," by Lev Grossman as well as "Rebel Gods," by Will Kostakis, and Julie reviews, "The Heartsong of Wonder Quin," by Kate Gordon, Illustrated by Rachel Tribout.  Plus Will and Kate stop by the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author links: http://levgrossman.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Lev Grossman Title: The Silver Arrow  Format: Book Publisher: Bloomsbury Date:  1 September 2020 ISBN: 9781526629418 Author links: http://willkostakis.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Will Kostakis Title: Rebel Gods: Monuments book 2  Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Australia Date:  25 August 2020 ISBN: 9780734419262 Author links: https://kategordon.com.au/ Illustrator links: https://racheltribout.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Kate Gordon Illustrator: Rachel Tribout Title: The Heartsong of Wonder Quin Format: Book Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date:  1 September 2020 ISBN: 9780702262821 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:31:34
September 16, 2020
Episode 63: The Fire Star / Sherlock Bones / The Peski Kids; The Final Mission / When This Bell Rings / Allison Tait / R.A. Spratt / Laura Harris
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Fire Star," by Alison Tait. Joke Boy reviews "Sherlock Bones book 2; by Renee Treml, and Julie reviews, "The Peski Kids book 5; The Final Mission," by R.A. Spratt , Illustrated by Erica Salcedo, and "When This Bell Rings," by Alison Rushby. Plus, we have three bumper interviews for you. Allison Tait and R.A Spratt drop into the Mavens hot seat, plus a super duper treat as we celebrate 80 years of Puffin books with Laura Harris,  Publishing Director of Penguin Random House.  https://www.penguin.com.au/ages/ Author links: https://allisontait.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Allison Tait Title: The Fire Star Format: Book Publisher: Penguin Random House Date: 1 September 2020 ISBN: 9781760897079 Author links: https://reneesartwork.com/about/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author/Illustrator: Renee Treml Title: Sherlock Bones; Sea Creature Feature Format: Graphic Novel Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: 1 September 2020 ISBN: 9781760525262 Author links: https://raspratt.com/ Illustrator links: https://ericasalcedo.myportfolio.com/ Rachel's Podcast: https://bedtimestories.buzzsprout.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: R.A. Spratt Illustrator: Erica Salcedo Title: The Peski Kids: The Final Mission Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9781760895785 Author links: https://allisonrushby.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Allison Rushby Illustrator: Title: When This Bell Rings  Format: Book Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 2 September 2020 ISBN: 9781760651947 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
02:11:16
September 2, 2020
Episode 62: The Lost Soul Atlas / The Inkberg Enigma / Gemma Riley and the Fashion Fiasaco / Brain Freeze / Oliver Phommavanh/ Zana Fraillon
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Lost Soul Atlas," by Zana Fraillon, and Julie does a whopping 3 reviews in "The Inkberg Enigma," by Jonathan King, "Gemma Riley and the Fashion Fiasco," by Jules Van Mil, and Brain Freeze by Oliver Phommavanh. Plus Oliver and Zana stop in to the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author links: https://www.zanafraillon.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Zana Fraillon Illustrator:  Title: The Lost Soul Atlas Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Date:  July 14 2020 ISBN: 9780734419934 Author links: https://geckopress.com/bookshop/the-inkberg-enigma/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Jonathan King Title: The Inkberg Enigma Format: Paperback Publisher: Gecko Press Date:  August 2020 ISBN: 9781776572663 Author links: https://julesvanmil.com/ Illustrator links: https://au.linkedin.com/in/anne-yi-494836b Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Jules Van Mil Illustrator:  Anne Yi Title:  Gemma Riley and the Fashion Fiasco Format: Book Publisher:  Pan MacMillan Date:  28 July 2020 ISBN: 9781760784201 Author links: https://www.oliverwriter.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Oliver Phommavanh  Title: Brain Freeze Format: Book Publisher: Penguin Random House Date:  1 September 2020 ISBN: 9781760897147 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:14:24
August 19, 2020
Episode 61: Eloise And The Bucket Full of Stars / The Wolves of Greycoat Hall / Monstrous Devices / The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle / Lucinda Gifford Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Eloise And The Bucket Full of Stars," by Janene Brian, as well as, "The Wolves of Greycoat Hall," by Lucinda Gifford.  Julie reviews, "Monstrous Devices," by Damien Love, Illustrated by Sam LeDoyen and, "The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle," by Pamela Rushby, Illustrated by Nelle May Pierce. Plus Lucinda stops back into the Mavens hot seat to talk writing thing time... As mentioned in our intro here is Dan The Veggie Bin Man links: https://dantheveggiebinman.com/ Author links: https://janeenbrian.com.au/ Illustrator links: https://traciegrimwood.com.au/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Janeen Brian Illustrator: Tracie Grimwood Title: Eloise And The Bucket Full Of Stars Format: Book Publisher: Walker Australia Date:  1 June 2020 ISBN: 9781760651879   Author links: https://www.lucindagiffordbooks.com/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: The Wolves of Greycoat Hall Title: Lucinda Gifford Format: Book Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date:  September 2020 ISBN: 9781760651596   Author links: https://damienlove.com/monstrous-devices/ Illustrator links: https://cargocollective.com/ledoyenillustration Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author:  Damien Love Illustrator: Sam LeDoyen Title: Monstrous Devices Format: Book Publisher: Rock The Boat Date:  September 2019 ISBN: 978-0451478597   Author links: https://pamelarushby.com/ Nelle May's Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/nellemay/ Want this at your local library, here's what you'll need. Author: Pamela Rushby Illustrator: Nelle May Pierce Title: The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle Format: Book Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date:  July 2020 ISBN: 978-1760651930 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  
50:21
August 5, 2020
Episode 60: When Rain Turns To Snow /The Strangeworlds Travel Agency/ The Secret Library of Hummingbird House / Jane Godwin / Julieanne Negri
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "When Rain Turns To Snow," by Jane Godwin, and Julie reviews,  "The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, by L.D Lapinski, and "The Secret Library of Hummingbird House." by Julieanne Negri. The Mini Mavens review, "How To Make A Pet Monster; Hodgepodge, " by Lili Wilkinson, Illustrated by Dustin Spence. And Aleesah Darlison's "League of Llamas, Undercover Llama book 3," and "Rogue Llama, book 4." Plus Jane and Julianne stop in to the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author Links: http://www.janegodwin.com.au/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Jane Godwin  Title: When Rain Turns To Snow Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Date:  June 30,  2020 ISBN: 9780734420053 Author Links: https://www.ldlapinski.com/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: L.D. Lapinski Title:  The Strangeworlds Travel Agency Format: Book Publisher: Orion Date:  28 April 2020 ISBN: 9781510105942 Author Links: https://www.juliannenegri.com/hattie-maxwell-and-the-library-of-l Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Julieanne Negri Title: The Secret Library of Hummingbird House Format: Book Publisher: Affirm Press Date:  30 June 2020 ISBN: 9781925870497 Author Links: http://www.liliwilkinson.com.au/ Illustrator Links: http://www.illustratorsaustralia.com/portfolios/dustin-spence/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Lili Wilkinson Illustrator: Dustin Spence Title: How To Make A Pet Monster; Hodgepodge Format: Book Publisher: Albert Street Books Date:  July 2 2020 ISBN: 9781760877385 Author Links: http://www.aleesahdarlison.com/ Illustrator:  http://www.simongreiner.com/about Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Aleesah Darlison Illustrator: Simon Greiner Title: League of Llamas book 3; Undercover Llama's Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date:  July 2 2020 ISBN: 9781760894191 Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Aleesah Darlison Illustrator: Simon Greiner Title: League of Llamas book 4; Rogue Llama Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date:  2 July 2020 ISBN: 9781760894207 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:53:07
June 24, 2020
Episode 59: The Book of Chance/ The Theory of Hummingbirds / Michelle Kadarusman / Sue Whiting / Kate O'Donnell Younger Sun Bookshop
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, we must pause to acknowledge #Reconcilliation Week in Australia.  https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/ Please check out and support Magabala Books: https://www.magabala.com/collections/junior-fiction And for excellent teaching resources Pamela mentions, hop on over to https://www.wingaru.com.au/ and   https://www.crackerjackeducation.com.au/ And we'd love it if you would hop on over and donate to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation: https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/ For our reviews. Pamela explores,  "The Book of Chance," by Sue Whiting,  and Julie explores, "The Theory Of Hummingbirds," by Michelle Kadarusman, plus Sue and Michelle stops in for some authorly banter, and we also have Kate O'Donnell jump back into the hot seat for some May/June book recommendations...   Author Links: https://suewhiting.com/the-book-of-chance/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Sue Whiting Title: The Book of Chance Format: Book  Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date:  1 April 2020 ISBN: 978-1-760651-36-7 Author Links: https://www.uqp.com.au/books/the-theory-of-hummingbirds Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Michelle Kadarusman Title: The Theory of Hummingbirds Format: Book Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date: 2 June 2020 ISBN: 9780702262920 Sun Book Shop recommendations: http://www.sunbookshop.com Note: PB Picture Book, JF Junior Fiction, MG Middle Grade, YA Young Adult Super Sporty Girls: JF Landing with Wings by Trace Balla: PB Real Pigeons: Peck Punches: by Andrew McDonald, illustrated by Ben Wood: JF Her Perilous Mansion by Sean Williams: MG Otillie Colter and the Withering World by Rhiannon Williams: MG The Smugglers Secret by Elly Griffiths: MG Everybody Counts by Kristin Roskifte: PB Everyone's Awake by Colin Meloy, Illustrated by Shawn Hariss: PB No Never by Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn - Jarmin, illustrated by Mel Pierce: PB Sweep by Jonathon Auxier: MG The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller: YA The End of The World Is Greater Than Love by Davina Bell: YA  Eloise and the Bucket of Stars by Janeen Brian: MG  The Lost Soul Atlas by Zan Fraillon: YA  Please Don't Hug Me by Kay Kerr: YA Peter Lyre's Rating Normal by Anna Whately: YA To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:35:07
June 10, 2020
Episode 58: Beyond Belief / As Fast As I can / The Power Of Positive Pranking / Dee White interview / Nat Amoore interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews,  "Beyond Belief," by Dee White,  and Julie reviews two books.  "As Fast As I Can," by Penny Tangey,  and "The Power Of Positive Pranking," by Nat Amoore.  Plus Nat stops back in to the Mavens hot seat for a one year post debut follow up interview. Author links: https://www.deescribe.com.au/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Dee White Title: Beyond Belief Format: Book Publisher: Scholastic Date: 1 April 2020 ISBN: 9781760662516 Author Links: https://pennytangey.com.au/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Author: Penny Tangey Title: As Fast As I Can Format: Book  Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date: 31/03/2020 ISBN: 9780702262814 Author links: https://www.natamoore.com/ Want this book at your local library? Here's what you'll need. Title: The Power Of Positive Pranking Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date:  2 June 2020 ISBN: 9780143796381 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:21:12
May 28, 2020
Episode 57: Interview with author Hayley Chewins
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we are doing something a little different. We have a wonderful interview with a truly inspiring writer. Pamela chats to Hayley Chewins, a middle grade author with two great books soon to be in the world. http://www.hayleychewins.com/ Hayley grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learnt to read by accident. She’s fond of telling people that she writes books about magical girls with secrets—even if that’s not an actual genre. Her books are literary fantasy, or surreal fairy tales, or weird magic. (Or: all of the above.) Her debut, The Turnaway Girls, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2018 and made the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Books for Young Readers. Her second book, The Sisters of Straygarden Place, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press on September 15th, 2020. Hayley lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her soulmate/husband/fellow coffee addict, Liale, and their toy poodle, Darfer. Her book the Turnaway Girls is available in all good book shops world wide: http://www.hayleychewins.com/the-turnaway-girls The Sisters Of StrayGarden Place is coming soon:  http://www.hayleychewins.com/the-sisters-of-straygarden-place Want these in your local library? Here's what you will need. Title: The Turnaway Girls Format: Book Author: Hayley Chewins Publisher: Candlewick Press Date: 19 September 2018 ISBN: 9780763697921 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
58:57
May 13, 2020
Episode 56: Bonus with Chrissie Perry/ Meg Whelan Affirm Press
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, we have something a little different. We chat to Chrissie Perry, author of over 35 books for children and young adults. Chrissie has been innovating in the time of Covid 19, and we wanted to bring you up to speed on her Penelope Perfect series. We also chat to Meg Whelan, Children's Editor at Affirm Press, about the changing nature of the children's book publishing industry.  For Links to Chrissie's You tube with Haileybury College, head on over to:  https://haileyburycollege.instructuremedia.com/embed/93ab15b3-5a31-45eb-8f8a-d2ac7c28adbd   https://haileyburycollege.instructuremedia.com/embed/a1c2d1bb-f1b2-4eb5-a14c-40660ff7169f https://haileyburycollege.instructuremedia.com/embed/996aa78b-fe89-44e7-9474-ddd7b7812c67 Chrissie's Website: https://chrissieperry.com/ Want Chrissie's books at your local library? Here's what you will need. Title: Penelope Perfect Best Friend Project https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/publishing/bookfinder/book/project-best-friend-by-chrissie-perry/9781760505578 Meg Whelan's Affirm Press recommendations: https://affirmpress.com.au/ Affirm Press Mentorship Program: https://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/affirm To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
37:09
May 5, 2020
Episode 55: The Tell / The Year The Maps Changed / Danielle Binks Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Tell," by Martin Chatterton, and Julie reviews, "The Year The Maps Changed, by Danielle Binks, Illustrated by Astred Hicks. Plus Danielle stops into the Mavens hot seat for an interview.  Author links: Martin Chatterton https://www.worldofchatterton.com/the-tell.html  Want this book at your local library? Here's what you will need. Title: The Tell Author: Martin Chatterton Format: Book Publisher: Penguin Random House Date: 28 April 2020 ISBN: 9781760895945 Drop by Danielle's Virtual Book launch https://ozauthors.online/watch?e=2   Author Links: https://daniellebinks.com/  Illustrator Links: http://designcherry.com/about-2/  Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need!  Title: The Year The Maps Changed  Author: Danielle Binks  Illustrator: Astred Hicks  Format: Book  Publisher: Hachette  Date: April 28 2020  ISBN: 9780734419712   To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
44:29
April 29, 2020
Episode 54: Bonus: Susannah Chambers Allen and Unwin / Kate O'Donnell Younger Sun Bookshop
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, we have another great bonus for you.  We chat with Susannah Chambers of Allen and Unwin, about the changing face of the Children's Book Publishing world during Covid19.  We also chat with Kate O'Donnell, Children's Bookseller at the Younger Sun Book shop, Yarraville, Victoria, about the changing face of book selling in this difficult time. We heard some great book recommendations from these two folks, so please support our Aussie book industry and order a copy from the details below. For Susannah's Books, head over to:  The Snow Wombat https://allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/picture-books/The-Snow-Wombat-Susannah-Chambers-illustrated-by-Mark-Jackson-9781760113810 For Allen and Unwin book recommendations head on over to: There's No Such Thing: by Heidi McKinnon: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/Theres-No-Such-Thing-Heidi-McKinnon-9781760877279 Her Perilous Mansion: by Sean Williams: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/Her-Perilous-Mansion-Sean-Williams-9781760877361 Hodge Podge: How To Make A Pet Monster: by Lili Wilkinson, Illustrated by Dustin Spence:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/Hodgepodge-How-to-Make-a-Pet-Monster-1-Lili-Wilkinson-illustrated-by-Dustin-Spence-9781760877385 The January Stars: Kate Constable: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/The-January-Stars-Kate-Constable-9781760525026 For The Younger Sun book recommendations head on over to:  https://shop.sunbookshop.com/catalog.cgi?stype=SU&stext=Feat Respect: by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson https://shop.sunbookshop.com/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781925936315 Who's Your Real Mum: by Bernadette Green and Anna Zobel https://shop.sunbookshop.com/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781925849493 The January Stars by Kate Constable: https://shop.sunbookshop.com/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781760525026 The List of Things That Will Not Change: by Rebecca Stead https://shop.sunbookshop.com/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781922268679 Highway Bodies by Alison Evans: https://shop.sunbookshop.com/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9781760685027 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
37:23
April 22, 2020
Episode 53: Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens / Gargantis / Threads of Magic/Jacqueline Harvey Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens, by Andrew Levins, Illustrated by Katie Kear, and Julie reviews "Gargantis," by Thomas Taylor, Illustrated by Thom Booth.  Plus, Jacqueline Harvey stops into the Mavens hot seat for an interview.  Author Links: https://www.penguin.com.au/authors/andrew-levins Illustrator Links:  https://www.penguin.com.au/authors/katie-kear Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens Author: Andrew Levins Illustrator: Katie Kear Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date: 31 March 2020 ISBN: 9781760893347 Author Links:  Illustrator Links:   Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Gargantis Author: Thomas Taylor Illustrator: Thom Booth Format: Book Publisher: Walker Australia Date: April 20 2020 ISBN: 9781406386295 Author Links: https://alisoncroggon.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Threads of Magic Author: Alison Croggan Format: Book Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 1 March 2020 ISBN: 9781406384741 Interview: Jacqueline Harvey Authors Links: http://jacquelineharvey.com.au/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Kensy and Max : Freefall Author:  Jacqueline Harvey Format: Book Publisher: Penguin Random House Date: 3 March 2020 ISBN: 9780143796985 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
55:05
April 15, 2020
Episode 52: Industry insider chat: Leesa Lambert of The Little Bookroom / Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we chat with Leesa Lambert of The Little Bookroom Carlton Victoria and Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont, about the changing face of the children's book selling and publishing industry during Covid 19. The Little Bookroom recommendation quiz link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiSQ2stZ5U-iNwsjB1t2veU9o-dqAVetdiMHKnM41o6XDJOw/viewform Hardie Grant Egmont links: https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/egmont Ampersand Prize: https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/egmont/ampersand-prize Sally Rippin Holiday Program: https://www.sallyrippin.com/?fbclid=IwAR3ULFONSwvSIuNzJA931zwFBrlhJ4PY6g_cKYyDlcmiLt1UkimuPlofeoI Want to buy this book. Here's the information you will need Title: Billy B Brown: The Grumpy Neighbour Author: Sally Rippin ISBN:  9781760501907 Release Date: 1 April 2020 Title: Billy B Brown: The Hat Parade Author: Sally Rippin ISBN:  9781760504984 Release Date: 1 April 2020 Title: Billy B Brown: The Honey Bees Author: Sally Rippin ISBN: 9781760504991 Release Date: 1 April 2020 Title: Little Legends: Taking Sides Author: Nicole Hayes, Adrian Beck Illustrator: James Hart ISBN: 9781760505431 Release Date: 1 June 2020 Title: Little Legends: Ozzy Rules Author: Nicole Hayes, Adrian Beck Illustrated: James Hart ISBN: 9781760505424 Release Date: 1 April 2020 Title: When It Drops Author: Alex Dyson ISBN: 9781760505042 Release Date: 1 May 2020 Title: Real Pigeons: Peck Punches Author:  Andrew McDonald Illustrator: Ben Wood ISBN: 9781760502911 Release Date: 1 May 2020 If you’ve been listening to our show in 2020, you’ll know we did an #MiddleGradeMavensAskTheEditor series, to prepare you for conferences like Kidlitvic and CYA. The good news is these conferences aren’t cancelled due to the outbreak of Corona Virus. Kidlitvic is merely postponed to November, and CYA is forging ahead in July going totally online. In the space of about a month, the world has dramatically changed. Terms like essential services are spoken about on a daily basis and the world has been asked to stay at home. We contemplated this long and hard when it comes to books, after all, we are all about books. The thing is, we consider books to be an essential services. Thankfully, we are pleased to discover many folks agree. We’ve opened our social media platform doors to authors and illustrators that have cancelled their book launches, offering to promote them the best way we know how, by showing you wonderful book covers and displaying fantastic book blurbs. Creators keep sending us those requests to mavens@middlegradepodcast.com We aren’t the only ones innovating obviously. Book shops are no longer open to the public but delivering door to door, and libraries are following suit by changing their services models to suit this terrifying and turbulent time. When talking about books however, we can’t forget about the book makers. We asked a bookseller and two publishers a few questions about how things are changing during Covid19 and guess what, they agreed. So sit back and have a listen to our bonus episode on how the kids book industry is changing world we live in.
46:56
April 9, 2020
Episode 51: Derek Dool Super Cool / Hotel Flamingo / Monty's Island / Adrian Beck interview / Lucinda Gifford interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Derek Dool, Super Cool," by Adrian Beck, Illustrated by Scott Edgar, as well as "Hotel Flamingo," by Alex Milway and Julie reviews "Monty's Island: Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell, " by Emily Rodda, Illustrated by Lucinda Gifford. Plus, Adrian and Lucinda stop into the middle grade mavens hot seat for an interview. Author Links: http://adrianbeck.com.au/ Illustrator Links:  https://scottedgarillustrator.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Derek Dool, Super Cool Author: Adrian Beck Illustrator:  Scott Edgar Format:  Book Publisher:  Penguin Australia Date:  3 March 2020 ISBN: 9781760892951 Author/Illustrator Links: http://www.alexmilway.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Hotel Flamingo Author: Alex Milway Illustrator:  Alex Milway Format:  Book Publisher:  Bonnier Date: 4 March 2019 ISBN: 9781848127753 Author Links: http://www.emilyrodda.com/ Illustrator Links:  https://www.lucindagiffordbooks.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Monty's Island: Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell Author: Emily Rodda Illustrator: Lucinda Gifford   Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin   Date: March 2020 ISBN: 9781760529857 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:30:30
April 1, 2020
Episode 50: League of Llamas / Whoa I Spy A Werewolf / Aleesah Darlison interview / Jude Rossell in Germany
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "League of Llamas," by Aleesah Darlison, illustrated by Simon Greiner, and Julie reviews, "Whoa, I Spy A Werewolf," by Justin Davies, Illustrated by Kim Geyer. Plus Aleesah stops into the Mavens hot seat for an interview, and Jude Rossell joins us from her castle in Germany! Author Links: http://www.aleesahdarlison.com/ Illustrator Links: http://www.simongreiner.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: League of Llamas Author: Aleesah Darlinson Illustrator: Simon Greiner Format: Book Publisher: Puffin Date: 3 March 2020 ISBN: 9781760894160 Author Links: https://justindaviesauthor.com/ Illustrator Links: https://www.kimgeyer.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need. Title: Woah I Spy A Werewolf Author: Justin Davies Illustrator: Kim Geyer Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Date 9th January 2020 ISBN:  9781408355480 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:16:04
March 19, 2020
Episode 49: Danny Best: Watch This / Anzac Girl / Jen Storer / Kate Simpson
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Danny Best: Watch This," by Jen Storer, Illustrated by Mitch Vane, and Julie reviews, "Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King," by Kate Simpson, Illustrated by Jess Racklyeft.  Author Links: https://jenstorer.com/ Illustrator Links:  https://mitchvane.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Danny Best: Watch This Author: Jen Storer Illustrator:  Mitch Vane Format:  Book Publisher:  Harper Collins Date: 1 Feb 2020 ISBN: 9780733333361 Author Links: https://www.katesimpsonbooks.com/ Illustrator Links: https://jessesmess.com/ Want this book in your local library? Here's what you'll need! Title: Anzac Girl: The War diaries of Alice Ross-King Author: Kate Simpson Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: March 2020 ISBN: 9781760637019 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens
01:34:32
March 4, 2020
Episode 48: Edie's Experiements/ Lizard's Tale/ The Sound of Dark/ The Chickens Curse/ Charlotte Barkla/ Catherine Pelosi
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Edie's Experiments," by Charlotte Barkla, Illustrated by Sandy Flett. Pamela also reviews, "The Sound of Dark," a 100StoryBuilding Anthology. Julie reviews reviews, "Lizard's Tale," by Weng Wai Chan, and Julie also reviews, "The Chickens Curse," by Frances Watts, Illustrated by Kelly Canby. Plus Charlotte Barkla stops in as well as Catherine Pelosi, of "Quark's Academy." Two wonderful authors with a love of books with STEM themes join us in the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author Links: https://www.charlottebarkla.com/ lllustrator Links: https://sandyflettart.com/ Want to request this at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: Edie's Experiments: How To Make Friends Author: Charlotte Barkla Illustrator: Sandy Flett Format: Book Publisher: Penguin Random House Date: 4 Feb 2020 ISBN: 9781760891770 Author links: https://www.100storybuilding.org.au/ Want to request this at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: The Sound Of Dark Author: Anthology Format: Book Publisher: 100 Story Building Date: Nov 2019 Author links: https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/lizard-s-tale Want to request this at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: Lizard's Tale Author: Weng Wai Chan Format: Book Publisher: Text Publishing Date: July 2019 ISBN: 9781925603910 Author links: http://franceswatts.com/ Illustrator links: https://kellycanby.com/ Want to request this at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: The Chicken's Curse Author: Frances Watts Illustrator: Kelly Canby Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: Feb 2020 ISBN: 9781760525569 Author links: https://catherinepelosi.com/ Want to request this at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: Quark's Academy Author: Catherine Pelosi Format: Book Publisher: Hachette Date: Jan 2018 ISBN: 9780734417800 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
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February 19, 2020
Episode 46 and 47 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Jane Pearson of Text Publishing: Wrap Up for Summer Series.
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. Today we welcome Jane Pearson, Senior Editor at Text Publishing. She had some wonderful insights into the world of Middle-Grade Books. Publisher Links: https://www.textpublishing.com.au/ For more books by this publisher, check out https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-28-Songbird--The-Butterfly-Circus--The-Brilliant-Ideas-of-Lily-Green--Lisa-Siberry-Interview--Louise-Park-Interview-e4prtr Kidlitvic Link: http://www.kidlitvic.com/conference-information Plus, Pamela and Julie do a bit of a wrap up for the summer series! To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
39:35
February 16, 2020
Episode 45 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Clair Hume of University of Queensland Press
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. Today we welcome Clair Hume of University of Queensland Press.  Clair brings some wonderful insights, so get your pens ready folks.... Enjoy! Publisher Links: https://www.uqp.uq.edu.au/ If you want to check out some other books by this publisher, head on over to Episode 21 for Pip Harry's, "The Little Wave." https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-21-The-Mavens-review-His-Name-Was-Walter--The-Little-Wave--Boot--Pip-Harry-Interview-e45mu6 KidLitVic Links: http://www.kidlitvic.com/ To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
24:42
February 13, 2020
Episode 44 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Nancy Conescu of Berbay books
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020.  Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. In this episode we have Nancy Conescu of Berbay Books. Nancy brings some wonderful insights into the world of Middle-Grade, so get your pens ready folks ... Enjoy! Publisher Links: http://www.berbaybooks.com/ KidLitVic Links: http://www.kidlitvic.com/ If you want to check out some great books by this publisher, head over to Episode 27 for our review of Grace's Secrets by Louise Park https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-27-The-Mavens-review-Graces-Secret--How-To-Make-A-Movie-In-12-Days--Interview-Fiona-Hardy-e4p294 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
25:18
February 11, 2020
Episode 43 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Davina Bell of Affirm Press
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. In this episode we have Davina Bell of Affirm Press. Davina brings some wonderful insights, so get your pens ready folks.... Enjoy! Publisher Links: https://affirmpress.com.au/ If you want to check out some other books by this publisher, head on over to episode 27 for Fiona Hardy's, "How To Make A Movie In 12 Days."  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-27-The-Mavens-review-Graces-Secret--How-To-Make-A-Movie-In-12-Days--Interview-Fiona-Hardy-e4p294 Want to request Davina's middle-grade books at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Sophia and the Corner Park Clubhouse Format: Book Author: Davina Bell Distributor: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781760503970 Want to request Davina's middle-grade books at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Secret Life of Lola : Corner Park Clubhouse #2 Author: Davina Bell Format: Book Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date:  Sept 2019 ISBN: 9781760504038 KidLitVic Links: http://www.kidlitvic.com/ To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
43:23
February 7, 2020
Episdoe 42 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Paul Collins of Ford Street Publishing
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. We welcome Paul Collins, Publisher at Ford Street books to the Maven's hot seat. He had some wonderful insights into the world of middle-grade books. Publisher Links: https://fordstreetpublishing.com/ Kidlitvic Link: http://www.kidlitvic.com/conference-information To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
24:60
February 2, 2020
Episode 41 Bonus: Ask The Illustrator: Nelle May Pierce
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners, who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10 February, 2020.  Today we have an illustrator in the hot seat in Nelle May Pierce. http://www.nellemay.com/ She had some wonderful insights into what happens after the contracts are signed, and how she goes about her illustration process. Plus she has two amazing books coming out in 2020, which we can't wait to get our hands on. Author links: https://www.louisepark.com.au/ Want to request Nelle and Louise's book at your local library.  Here's the information you will.  Title: 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading Author: Louise Park  Illustrator: Nelle May Pierce Format: Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: Feb 2020 ISBN: 9781760524678 Want to request Nelle and Pamela's book at your local library.  Here's the information you will. Title: The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle Author: Pamela Rushby Illustrator: Nelle May Pierce Format: Book Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: July 2020 ISBN: 9781760651930 For more information on Kidlitvic jump on over to http://www.kidlitvic.com/conference-information  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to  https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at  https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline,  follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
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January 29, 2020
Episode 40 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Suzanne O'Sullivan of Hachette
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020.  Today we welcome Suzanne O'Sullivan, Publisher at Hachette books. She had some wonderful insights into the children's book industry. Publisher Links: https://www.hachette.com.au/ For more book review episodes from this publisher, check out https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-9--The-Mavens-review-The-Orchard-Underground--Wundersmith--Mat-Larkin-Interview-e2vma5 https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-21-The-Mavens-review-His-Name-Was-Walter--The-Little-Wave--Boot--Pip-Harry-Interview-e45mu6 Kidlitvic Link: http://www.kidlitvic.com/conference-information  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
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January 26, 2020
Episode 39 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Susannah Chambers of Allen and Unwin
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. In this episode we have Susannah Chambers, of Allen and Unwin. Susannah brings some wonderful insights, so get your pens ready folks.... Enjoy! Publisher Links: https://www.allenandunwin.com/ If you want to check out some other books by this publisher, head on over to:   Episode 2 Swallows Dance by Wendy Orr https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-2-Danielle-Binks-on-middle-grade-plus-reviews-Swallows-Dance--Wyrd--Cate-Whittle-Interview-e2135r Episode 10 Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-10-The-Mavens-review-Lennys-Book-of-Everything--The-Beast-of-Hushing-Wood--Gabrielle-Wang-Interview-e36kr2 Episode 19 Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renee Treml https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-19-The-Mavens-review-Sherlock-Bones-And-The-Natural-History-Mystery--Raising-Readers--Megan-Daley-Interview-e3q8kt Episode 30 Wolf Girl by Ahn Do https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-30-Wolf-Girl--Taylor-and-Rose-Spies-in-St-Petersburg-e5pbnv KidLitVic Links: http://www.kidlitvic.com/ Want to request Susannah's books at your local library, here's what you will need? Title: The Snow Wombat Author: Susannah Chambers Illustrator: Mark Jackson Format: Picture Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781760632939 Title: The Beach Wombat Author: Susannah Chambers Illustrator: Mark Jackson Format: Picture Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: December 2019 ISBN: 9781760631857 Title: The Easter Bunnyroo Author: Susannah Chambers Illustrator: Laura Wood Format: Picture Book Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: Feb 2020 ISBN: 9781760635015 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
38:37
January 22, 2020
Episode 38 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Michelle Madden of Penguin Random House
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners, who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10 February, 2020. Today we have Michelle Madden of Penguin Random House Australia. Michelle brings some wonderful insights, so get your pens ready folks.... Enjoy! Publisher Links: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com.au/ To hear about more books by this publisher head on over to Episode 1: https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-1--What-is-Middle-Grade-plus-reviews-Fearless-Frederic--The-Secret-of-the-Night-Train-e20td7 Episode 10: https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-10-The-Mavens-review-Lennys-Book-of-Everything--The-Beast-of-Hushing-Wood--Gabrielle-Wang-Interview-e36kr2 Episode 11: https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-11-The-Mavens-review-The-Stupendously-Spectacular-Spelling-Bee--Max-Booth-Future-Sleuth--Cameron-McIntosh-Interview-e36krc Episode 26: https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-26-The-Mavens-review-Grimsdon--The-Boy-Who-Grew-Dragons--Deb-Abela-Interview-e4krvq Kidlitvic Link: http://www.kidlitvic.com/conference-information To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
39:39
January 19, 2020
Episode 37 Bonus : Ask The Agent: Justine Barker of Mayfair Literary Agency
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners, who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10 February, 2020. Today we have an agent in the hot seat in Justine Barker from https://mayfairliteraryagency.com.au/about She had some wonderful insights and we can't wait to bring another perspective. For more information on Kidlitvic jump on over to http://www.kidlitvic.com/conference-information To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
30:59
January 15, 2020
Episode 36 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's. We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10th February 2020. Today we welcome Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont to the hot seat. She has some wonderful insights so we hope you enjoy. To check out more books by this publisher, head on over to  Episode 4, for Peter Helliar's, Frankie Fish,  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-4-The-Mavens-review-Frankie-Fish--The-girl-with-the-broken-wing-e2osdd Episode 9, for Mat Larkin's, The Orchard Underground.: https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-9--The-Mavens-review-The-Orchard-Underground--Wundersmith--Mat-Larkin-Interview-e2vma5 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
35:33
January 13, 2020
Episode 35 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Linsay Knight of Walker Books Australia
Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.  Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some incredible Australian Children's book editor's wish list's.  We hope this will be helpful for our author and illustrator listeners, who might be attending some great children's literature conferences in 2020. The Mavens are avid supporters of KidLitVic, of which the tickets go on sale 10 February, 2020.  First up, we have Linsay Knight, head of publishing at Walker Books Australia. Linsay brings some wonderful insights, so get your pens ready folks.... Enjoy! Publisher Links: https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/ KidLitVic Links: http://www.kidlitvic.com/ If you want to check out some other books by this publisher, head on over to  Episode 5  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-5-The-Mavens-review-The-Mulberry-Tree--Louisianas-way--Allison-Rushby-Interview-e2osdp Episode 13  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-13-The-Mavens-review-The-Dog-Runner--Catch-a-Falling-Star--Meg-McKinlay-Interview-e36n52 Episode 14  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-14-The-Mavens-review-Ateban-Cipher--The-Book-of-Answers--Malamander--Allison-Tait-Interview-e36n57 Episode 16  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-16-The-Mavens-review-Elizabella-Meets-Her-Match--Pog-e3kse2 Episode 20 https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-20-The-Mavens-review--Inheritance--Secrets-Of-A-Schoolyard-Millionaire--Nat-Amoore-Interview-e3q8kv Episode 23  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-23-The-Mavens-review-Pie-In-The-Sky--The-Seven-Keys--Allison-Rushby-Interview-e49ipe Episode 29  https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Episode-29-The-Lost-Tide-Warriors--Max-Booth-Film-Flip--Mika--Max--Laura-Bloom-Interview-e4sqvv  Episode 32 Edwina Wyatt's: The Secrets of Magnolia Moon https://anchor.fm/middlegrademavens/episodes/Ep-32-Beverly-Right-Here--The-Secrets-of-Magnolia-Moon--Edwina-Wyatt-Interview-e7sq03 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle For our shout outs head over to https://authorsforfireys.wixsite.com/website https://www.littlebookroom.com.au/pages/1475-ABOUTUS
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January 5, 2020
Episode 34: The Mavens Top 21 for 2019 / Interview Sunshine Shamoo
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, we are wrapping up 2019 with our top 21 most loved books.  Plus we interview the mini-mavens, and our final interview for the year, with the awesome Sunshine Shamoo.   Illustrator Links: https://www.stuffbysunshine.com.au/ Sunshine's You Tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI4-DfEBNb_aYkUzicS_TpQ Publisher Links: https://lakepress.com.au/collection/shine-bright-unicorn/ Don't forget to subscribe on your favourite podcast platform, for our 2020 Ask The Editor series, going live from January 9 2020. To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
45:02
December 11, 2019
Episode 33: The Monster Who Wasn't / Potkin and Stubbs / Marc McBride Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Monster Who Wasn't," by T.C. Shelley, and Julie reviews, "Potkin and Stubbs," by Sophie Green, Illustrated by Karl James Mountford. Plus Marc McBride of "Deltora Quest" and "The Glimme," illustrator fame, stops into the Mavens hot seat for an interview. https://www.marcmcbride.com/ Want to request these books at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Author Links:  https://twitter.com/tcshelley1?lang=en Title: The Monster Who Wasn't Format: Book Author: T.C. Shelley Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 8 August 2019 ISBN:9781526600820 Author Links:  http://www.thelastgiant.com/ Illustrator Links: https://www.instagram.com/karljamesmountford/?hl=en Title: Potkin and Stubbs Format: Book Author: Sophie Green Illustrator: Karl James Mountford Publisher: Walker Books Uk Date: 6 May 2019 ISBN:9781848127616 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
52:60
November 27, 2019
Ep 32: Beverly Right Here / The Secrets of Magnolia Moon / Edwina Wyatt Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Beverly Right Here," by Kate DiCamillo, and Julie reviews, "The Secrets of Magnolia Moon," by Edwina Wyatt, illustrated by Katherine Quinn.  Plus we mention some wonderful new picture books in, "Tulip and Brutus," By Liz Ledden, Illustrated by Andrew Plant, "The Day Rudolph's Nose Turned Blue," by Alison and Allan Reynolds, Illustrated by Shane McG, and "Lights On Cotton Rock," by David Litchfield.  Want to request these books at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Author Links: https://www.katedicamillo.com/ Title: Beverly Right Here Format: Book Author: Kate DiCamillo Publisher: Walker Australia Date: September 24, 2019 ISBN:9781406391633 Author Links: Edwina Wyatt: https://edwinawyatt.com.au/ Katherine Quinn:  https://www.katherinequinn.nz/illustration Title: The Secrets of Magnolia Moon Format: Book Author: Edwina Wyatt Illustrator: Katherine Quinn Publisher: Walker Australia Date: 1 November 2019 ISBN:9781760651541 Author Links: Liz Ledden: http://www.lizledden.com/ Illustrator Links: https://www.andrewplant.com/ Title: Tulip and Brutus Format: Book Author: LIz Ledden Illustrator: Andrew Plant Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Date: October 2019 ISBN:9781925804355 Author Links: Alison Reynolds: https://www.alisonreynolds.com.au/ Illustrator Links: Shane McG: https://www.shanemcgworld.com/books Title: The Day Rudolph's Nose Turned Blue Format: Book Author: Alison and Allan Reynolds Illustrator: Shane McG Publisher: Lake Press Date: September 2019 ISBN:9780655206101 Author Links: David Litchfield : https://www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com/ Title: Lights on Cotton Rock Format: Book Author: David Litchfield Publisher: Quatro Publishing Group UK Date:  November 2019 ISBN:9781786033383 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
56:28
November 13, 2019
Episode 31: The Mavens review: The Glimme / The Ghouls Of Howlfair/ Nick Tomlinson Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Glimme, by Emily Rodda, Illustrated by Marc McBride, and Julie reviews, "The Ghouls of Howlfair," by Nick Tomlinson, Illustrated by Kim Geyer. Plus Nick stops by the Mavens hot seat for an interview. Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Author Links: http://www.emilyrodda.com/ Illustrator Links:  http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/marc-mcbride/ Title: The Glimme Format: Book Author: Emily Rodda Illustrator: Marc McBride Date: 1 October 2019 ISBN:  9781862919570 Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Author Links  https://www.nicktomlinson.com/ Illustrator Links:  https://www.kimgeyer.com/ Title: The Ghouls of Howlfair Format: Book Author: Nick Tomlinson Illustrator: Kim Geyer Publisher: Walker UK Date: 3 October 2019 ISBN:  9781406386684 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
51:54
October 30, 2019
Episode 30: Wolf Girl / Taylor and Rose: Spies in St Petersburg
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Wolf Girl," by Ahn Do, Illustrated by Jeremy Ley, and Julie reviews, "Taylor and Rose: Spies in St Petersburg," by Katherine Woodfine, Illustrated by Karl James Mountford. Author Links: http://www.anhdo.com.au/ Illustrator Links: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/Into-the-Wild-Wolf-Girl-1-Anh-Do-Illustrated-by-Jeremy-Ley-9781760525095 Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Wolf Girl Format: Paperback Author: Ahn Do Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: July 2019 ISBN:  978-1760525095 Author Links: http://katherinewoodfine.co.uk/ Illustrator Links: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2159245/karl-james-mountford Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Taylor and Rose: Spies in St. Petersburg. Format: Paperback Author: Katherine Woodfine Publisher: Egmont UK Date: May 2019 ISBN:  9781405287050 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
26:37
October 17, 2019
Episode 29: The Lost Tide Warriors / Max Booth Film Flip / Mika & Max / Laura Bloom Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Lost Tide Warriors," by Catherine Doyle, and Julie reviews, "Max Booth Future Sleuth : Film Flip, and for a second review she has the wonderful, "Mika & Max," by Laura Bloom, plus Laura drops by the Maven's hot seat for an interview. Author Links: https://www.catherinedoylebooks.com/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Lost Tide Warriors Format: Paperback Author: Catherine Doyle Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 02 September 2019 ISBN:  9781547602728 Author Links:  https://www.cameronemacintosh.com.au/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Max Booth Future Sleuth : Film Flip Format: Paperback Author: Cameron Macintosh Distributor: Big Sky Publishing Date: 16 September 2019 ISBN:  9781922265104 Author Links: https://www.laurabloom.com.au/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Mika & Max Format: Paperback Author: Laura Bloom Distributor: Walker Books Aus Date: 1 August 2019 ISBN:  9781760651145 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
56:05
October 2, 2019
Episode 28: Songbird / The Butterfly Circus / The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green / Lisa Siberry Interview / Louise Park Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Songbird," by Ingrid Laguna, and Julie does a double review in, "The Butterfly Circus," by Francesca Armour-Chelu and, "The brilliant ideas of Lily Green," by Lisa Siberry, plus Louise Park and Lisa Siberry stop into the hot seat for an interview   Author links: https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/songbird Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Songbird Format: Paperback Author: Ingrid Laguna Distributor: Text Publishing Date: 7 May 2019 ISBN:  9781925773538 Author Links:  https://twitter.com/fkarmourchelu?lang=en Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Butterfly Circus Format: Paperback Author: Fracesca Armour-Chelu Distributor: Walker Books  Date: 6 June 2019 ISBN:  9781406384369 Author Links: http://www.lisasiberry.com/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green Format: Paperback Author: Lisa Siberry Distributor: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1 August 2019 ISBN:  9781760503659 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
01:24:10
September 18, 2019
Episode 27: The Mavens review: Grace's Secret / How To Make A Movie In 12 Days / Interview Fiona Hardy
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Grace's Secrets," by Louise Park, and Julie reviews, "How to Make a Movie In 12 days by," Fiona Hardy, plus Fiona also stops by the Mavens hot seat for an interview.... Author Links:  https://www.louisepark.com.au/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Grace's secrets Format: Paperback Author: Louise Park Publisher: Berbay Books Date: 1 September 2019 ISBN: 9780648397366  Author Links: https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/fiona-hardy/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: How to make a movie in 12 days Format: Paperback Author: Fiona Hardy Distributor: Affirm Date: 27th of August 2019 ISBN:   9781925870657   To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
41:01
September 5, 2019
Episode 26: The Mavens review: Grimsdon / The Boy Who Grew Dragons / Deb Abela Interview
Author Links:Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Grimsdon," by Deborah Abela, and Julie reviews, "The Boy Who Grew Dragons," by Andy Shepherd, Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, plus a bonus review of, "The Boy Who Flew With Dragons."  Author links:   Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Boy Who Grew Dragons Format: Paperback Author: Andy Shepherd Distributor: Allen and Unwin Date: 27 June 2018 ISBN: 9781848126497    Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Boy Who Flew With Dragons Format: Paperback Author: Andy Shepherd Distributor: Allen and Unwin Date: 1 April 2019 ISBN: 9781848127357    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
50:56
August 21, 2019
Episode 25: The Mavens review: Ice Wolves / Help I Smell A Monster / Maraya Bell Interview / Hazel Edwards Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela, reviews, "Ice Wolves," by Amie Kaufman, and Julie reviews, "Help I smell a Monster," by Justin Davies, Illustrated by Kim Geyer, and Julie manages to wrangle Maraya Bell, Publicist at Walker Books Australia, as well as the incredible Hazel Edwards, into the Middle grade Mavens Hot seat for some industry banter...  Author links: http://amiekaufman.com/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Ice Wolves Format: Paperback Author: Amie Kaufman Distributor: Harper Collins Australia Date: 5 March 2019 ISBN:  9781460755273  Author Links: https://justindaviesauthor.com/ https://www.kimgeyer.com/books Want to request this at your local library, here's what you will need?  Title: Help I Smell A Monster Author:  Justin Davies Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Australila Date: 11 June 2019 ISBN: 9781408355466   To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
01:24:39
August 8, 2019
Episode 24: The Mavens Review: The Time Travel Diaries / Vincent And The Grandest Hotel On Earth / Lisa Nichol Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens,  Pamela reviews, "The Time Travel Diaries," by Caroline Lawrence, and Julie reviews, "Vincent And The Grandest Hotel On Earth," by Lisa Nicol. Plus we manage to wrangle Lisa into the Middle Grade Mavens hot seat for an interview. Author Links: #CarolineLawrence https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/Time-Travel-Diaries-Caroline-Lawrence-9781848128002 Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Time Travel Diaries Format: Paperback Author: Caroline Lawrence Distributor: Allen and Unwin Date: July 2019 ISBN:  9781848128002 Author Links: #LisaNicol https://lisanicol.com.au/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Vincent And The Grandest Hotel On Earth Format: Paperback Author: Lisa Nicol Publisher: Puffin Date: July 1 2019 ISBN: 978-1760890681    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
47:39
July 24, 2019
Episode 23: The Mavens review: Pie In The Sky / The Seven Keys / Allison Rushby Interview
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Pie In The Sky," by Remy Lai, and Julie Reviews, "The Seven Keys," by Allison Rushby. Plus we manage to wrangle Allison into the Middle Grade Mavens hot seat for a second interview! Author Links: #RemyLai https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Authors_and_Illustrators/Remy-Lai Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Pie In The Sky Author: Remy Lai Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Australia  Date: 1 June 2019 ISBN: 9781760651626  Author Links: #AllisonRushby http://allisonrushby.com/mg-books/ Want to request this at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Seven Keys Author: Allison Rushby Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 1 July 2019 ISBN:  9781760650797     To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
40:16
July 10, 2019
Episode 22: The Mavens review: Hubert Horatio / Noah and Blue's Zooniverse / Dragon In The Library
 Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Hubert Horatio: How To Raise Your Grownups," by Lauren Child,  plus Pamela sneaks another review in of, "Noah And Blue's Zooniverse : The Speedy Spidersaurus," by Nova Weetman, Ilustrated by Chris Kennett, and Julie reviews, "The Dragon In The Library," by Louie Stowell, illustrated by David Ortu. Author Links: #LaurenChild http://www.milkmonitor.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Hubert Horatio : How To Raise Your Grownups Format: Paperback Author: Lauren Child Publisher: Harper Collins Great Britain Date: 15 October 2018 ISBN:  9780008264086  Author Links: #NovaWeetman #ChrisKennett http://www.novaweetman.com.au/ Illustrator Links: https://chriskennett.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: Noah and Blue's Zooniverse : The Outstanding Octokey Format: Paperback Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1 March 2019 ISBN:  9781760504007  Author Links: #LouieStowell https://nosycrow.com/contributors/louie-stowell/ Illustrator Links:  https://www.davideortu.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here's the information you'll need. Title: The Dragon In the Library Format: Paperback Author: Louie Stowell Publisher: Nosy Crow Date: 6 June 2019 ISBN:  9781788000260  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
30:47
June 26, 2019
Episode 21: The Mavens review: His Name Was Walter / The Little Wave / Boot / Pip Harry Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "His Name Was Walter," by Emily Rodda and Julie, reviews, "The Little Wave," by Pip Harry, and "Boot," by Shane Hegarty, Illustrated by Ben Mantle. Author links:  http://www.emilyrodda.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here's what you will need. Title: His Name Was Walter Author: Emily Rodda Publisher: Harper Collins Australia Date:  23 July 2018 ISBN: 9781460756188  https://www.pipharry.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here's what you will need. Title: The Little Wave Author: Pip Harry Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date: 7 May 2019 ISBN: 9780702260476  https://www.hachette.com.au/shane-hegarty/boot-small-robot-big-adventure-book-1 https://www.benmantle.co.uk/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here's what you will need.  Title: Boot Author: Shane Hegarty.  Illustrator: Ben Mantle Publisher: Hachette  ISBN: 9781444949360  Date: 14 May 2019    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
48:51
June 13, 2019
Episode 20: The Mavens review : Inheritance / Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire / Nat Amoore Interview
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Inheritance," by Carole Wilkinson and Julie reviews, "Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire," by Nat Amoore. Author Links: http://carolewilkinson.com.au/ Title: Inheritance Author: Carole Wilkinson Format: Paperback Publisher: Black Dog Books Date: 1 September 2018 ISBN:  9781760650360  Author Links: https://www.natamoore.com/ Title: Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire Author: Nat Amoore Format: Paperback Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Date: 4th June 2019 ISBN: 9780143796374 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
01:01:20
May 29, 2019
Bonus Episode: Kidlitvic 2019 Post Conference Banter
Pamela and Julie have been out in the wild, attending the Kidlitvic 2019 conference. A conference specifically tailored for creators who are writing for the children's book market. Join the Mavens as they chew over the details of the conference, with up to the minute publishing industry insider info and quite possibly a whole lot of gossip. To find out more about Kidlitvic, head on over to www.kidlitvic.com.au  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
22:56
May 25, 2019
Episode 19: The Mavens review Sherlock Bones And The Natural History Mystery / Raising Readers / Megan Daley Interview
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Sherlock Bones And The Natural History Mystery," by Renee Treml, and Julie reviews, "Raising Readers," by Megan Daley.  Author Links: http://reneesartwork.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Sherlock Bones And The Natural History Mystery Author: Renee Treml Format: Paperback Publisher: Allen and Unwin Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781760523954 Author Links: https://childrensbooksdaily.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Raising Readers Author: Megan Daley Format: Paperback Publisher: University of Queensland Press Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9780702262579 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
47:06
May 15, 2019
Episode 18: The Mavens review The Apostrophe Posse / The Boy Who Flew
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Apostrophe Posse," by Tina Raffa-Mulligan, and Julie reviews, "The Boy Who Flew," by Fleur Hitchcock.  Author Links: https://www.teenaraffamulligan.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Apostrophe Posse Author: Tina Raffa-Mulligan Format: Paperback Publisher: Novella Distribution Date: 31 March 2019 ISBN: 9780648250371 Author Links: https://nosycrow.com/contributors/fleur-hitchcock/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Boy Who Flew Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback Publisher: Nosy Crow Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781788004381 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
16:12
May 9, 2019
Episode 17: The Mavens review Juno Jones Word Ninja / Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, " Juno Jones, Word Ninja," by Kate Gordan, Illustrated by Sandy Flett, and Julie reviews, "Judy Moody and the Royal Tea Party," by Megan McDonald, plus Andrew McDonald of, "Real Pigeons Nest Hard," drops by for an interview. Author Links: https://kategordon.com.au/ Illustrator Links: https://sandyflettart.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Juno Jones Word Ninja Author: Kate Gordon Illustrated by Sandy Flett Format: Paperback Publisher: Yellow Brick Books Date: 30th April 2019 ISBN: 9780994557094 Author Links:  http://www.meganmcdonald.net/ Illustrator Links: https://www.peterhreynolds.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Judy Moody and the Royal Tea Party Author: Megan McDonald Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Uk Date: 2018 ISBN: 9781406382679 Author links:  http://mrandrewmcdonald.com/ Illustrator links:   https://benwood.com.au/books/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Real Pigeons Nest Hard Author: Andrew McDonald  Format: Paperback Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1 May 2019 ISBN: 9781760501105 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
41:37
May 2, 2019
Episode 16: The Mavens review: Elizabella Meets Her Match / Pog
This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Elizabella Meets Her Match,” by Zoe Norton Lodge, Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge and Julie reviews, "Pog," by Padraig Kenny. Author links: https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Authors_and_Illustrators/Zoe-Norton-Lodge Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title:  Elizabella Meets Her Match Author: Zoe Norton Lodge Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 1 October 2018 ISBN: 9781760650544 https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/books/pog/    Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Pog Author: Padraig Kenny Format: Paperback Publisher: Chicken House Books Date: 1 May 2019 ISBN: 9781911077657 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle 
17:21
April 17, 2019
Episode 15: The Mavens review: The Girl That Drank The Moon / The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife / Jack Henseleit Interview
In this weeks episode, Pamela reviews, "The Girl That Drank The Moon," by Kelly Barnhill, and Julie reviews, "The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife," by Jack Henseleit.   Author links:  https://kellybarnhill.wordpress.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.   Title: The Girl That Drank The Moon  Author: Kelly Barnhill  Format: Paperback Publisher: Templar Publishing   Date: 24 August 2017 ISBN: 9781848126473  https://jackhenseleit.com/   Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.   Title: The Witching Hours : The Vampire Knife  Author: Jack Henseleit  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont  Date: 1 Feb 2019  ISBN: 9781760504298  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Or stop by Twitter for a chat at  https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
41:45
April 11, 2019
Episode 14: The Mavens review: Ateban Cipher : The Book of Answers / Malamander / Allison Tait Interview
 Today on the Mavens, Pamela reviews," Ateban Cipher: The Book of Answers," by Allison Tait,  and Julie reviews, "Malamander," by Thomas Taylor  Author links: https://allisontait.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Ateban Cipher: The book of Answers Author: A.L Tait Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Date: March 27 2018 ISBN: 9780734417695   https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Books/Malamander-9781406386288  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Malamander Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books  Date: May 1 2019 ISBN: 9781406386288 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com  Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com  And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net  Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com   To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens  And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
56:02
April 3, 2019
Episode 13: The Mavens review: The Dog Runner / Catch a Falling Star / Meg McKinlay Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, " The dog runner," by Bren MacDibble, and Julie reviews, "Catch a falling star," by Meg McKinlay, plus Meg stops by for some authorly banter. Author links: http://www.macdibble.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Dog Runner Author: Bren MacDibble Format: Paperback Publisher: Allen & Unwin Date: 4th February 2019 ISBN: 9781760523572 https://megmckinlay.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Catch A Falling Star Author: Meg McKinlay Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Australia Date: 1st March 2019 ISBN: 9781925381207 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ You can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
42:11
March 27, 2019
Episode 12: The Mavens review: The Wizards Of Once / The Bland Sisters
 Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The wizards of once," by Cressida Cowell, and Julie reviews, The unintentional adventures of the Bland Sisters, the Jolly Regina," by Kara LaReau, Illustrated by Jen Hill  Author links:  https://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Wizards of Once Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Date: 19th September 2017 ISBN: 9781444936704 https://karalareau.com/      Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters  Author: Kara Lareau Format: Hardcover Publisher: Amulet Date: 1st March 2017 ISBN: 9781419721366 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
16:55
March 21, 2019
Episode 11: The Mavens review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee / Max Booth Future Sleuth / Cameron McIntosh Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee," by Deborah Abela, and Julie reviews, "Max Booth Future Sleuth, Tape Escape," by Cameron Macintosh. And Cameron also drops in to the Mavens hot seat for some authorly banter. Author links:  https://www.deborahabela.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee Author: Deborah Abela Format: Paperback Publisher: Random House Australia Date: 1st August 2016 ISBN: 9781925324822 https://www.cameronemacintosh.com.au/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Max Booth Future Sleuth Book 1 Author: Cameron Macintosh Format: Paperback Publisher: Big Sky Publishing Date: 22nd June 2017 ISBN: 9781925520606    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
37:22
March 14, 2019
Episode 10: The Mavens review: Lenny's Book of Everything / The Beast of Hushing Wood / Gabrielle Wang Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Lenny's Book of Everything," by Karen Foxlee, and Julie reviews, "The Beast of Hushing Wood," by Gabrielle Wang.  Author Links: https://karenfoxlee.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Lenny’s Book Of Everything Author: Karen Foxlee  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Date: 24th October 2018  ISBN: 9781760529444  https://gabriellewang.com/  Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.   Title: The Beast Of Hushing Wood  Author: Gabrielle Wang  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Date: 3rd April 2017  ISBN: 9780143309178    To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
45:58
March 7, 2019
Episode 9 : The Mavens review: The Orchard Underground / Wundersmith / Mat Larkin Interview
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie reviews, "The orchard underground," by Mat Larkin, and Pamela reviews, " Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend,  plus Mat also stops by for some authorly banter.  Author links: https://matlarkin.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Orchard Underground Author: Mat Larkin  Format: Paperback  Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1st May 2018 ISBN: 9781760500856 Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  https://www.hachette.com.au/jessica-townsend/ Title: Wundersmith  Author: Jessica Townsend Format: Paperback Publisher: Hachette Date: 30th October 2018 ISBN: 9780734418227 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
46:11
February 28, 2019
Episode 8: The Mavens review: How To Win A Nobel Prize / Murder most unladylike
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "How to win a Nobel prize," and Julie reviews, 'Murder most unladylike."   Author links: http://lornahendry.com/ https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2005/marshall/facts/ https://robin-stevens.co.uk/ To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
21:18
February 21, 2019
Episode 7: The Mavens review: The House With a Clock In Its Walls / Brightstorm
Today on middle grade mavens, Pamela reviews, “The House with a clock in its walls,” by John Bellairs and Julie reviews, "Brightstorm," by Vashti Hardy. Author links: https://www.vashtihardy.com/ To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
17:01
February 14, 2019
Episode 2: Danielle Binks on middle-grade plus reviews: Swallow's Dance / Wyrd / Cate Whittle Interview
Julie chats with Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary management, for more insider information on what exactly middle-grade is. Plus Pamela reviews, "Swallow's Dance" by Wendy Orr and Julie reviews, "Wyrd" by Cate Whittle. Then, for a super special treat, Julie interviews Cate Whittle about writing, publishing and everything in between.  Author links: https://www.wendyorr.com/ Title: Swallow’s Dance Author: Wendy Orr Format: Paperback Publisher: Allen & Unwin Date: 27th June 2018 ISBN: 9781760297879 https://www.catewhittlewrites.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Wyrd  Author: Cate Whittle Format: Paperback Publisher: Scholastic Australia Date: 1st August 2018 ISBN: 9781742994321 Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
42:38
February 13, 2019
Episode 6: The Mavens review: Wakestone Hall / Fortunately The Milk / Judith Rossell Interview
Today on middle grade mavens, Pamela reviews, “Wakestone Hall,” by Judith Rossell and Julie reviews, "Fortunately the milk," by Neil Gaiman, plus Judith stops by for some authorly banter.   Author links: https://judithrossell.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Wakestone Hall Author: Judith Rossell Format: Paperback Publisher: Harper Collins Date: 22nd October 2018 ISBN: 9780733338205 http://www.neilgaiman.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Fortunately The Milk  Author: Neil Gaiman Format: Paperback Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 1st June 2014 ISBN: 9781408841792 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
23:21
February 7, 2019
Episode 5: The Mavens review: The Mulberry Tree / Louisiana’s way / Allison Rushby Interview
Today on middle grade Mavens Julie reviews, "The Mulberry Tree," by Allison Rushby, and Pamela reviews, "Louisiana's Way," by Kate Di Camillo. Plus, Julie convinces Allison to join us for some authorly banter.  Author links: http://allisonrushby.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Mulberry Tree Author: Allison Rushby Format: Paperback  Publisher: Walker Books Date: 1/07/2018 ISBN: 9781760650292 https://www.katedicamillo.com/books.html Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Louisianna’s way home Author: Kate Di Camillo Format: Paperback Publisher: Walker Books Date: 02/10/2018 ISBN: 9781406385588 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
34:52
February 1, 2019
Episode 4: The Mavens review: Frankie Fish / The girl with the broken wing
Episode 4: Today on middle grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Frankie Fish and the sonic suitcase," by Peter Helliar, and Julie reviews, "The girl with the broken wing," by Heather Dyer. Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Frankie Fish And The Sonic Suitcase Author: Peter Helliar  Format: Paperback Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Date: 1st March 2017 ISBN: 9781760128494   Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Girl With The Broken Wing Author: Heather Dyer Format: Paperback Publisher: Chicken House Books Date: 1st February 2018 ISBN: 9781911490241 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
14:31
January 24, 2019
Episode 3: The Mavens review: Tarin of the mammoths / Sherlock, Lupin and me
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Tarin of the Mammoths," by Jo Sandhu and Julie reviews, "Sherlock, Lupin and me," by Irene Adler.  Author links: http://www.josandhu.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Tarin of the Mammoths : The Exile book 1 Author: Jo Sandhu  Format: Paperback Publisher : Penguin Books Australia  Date: 2 Feb 2017 ISBN:  9780143309376 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to https://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by https://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/  Also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
12:55
January 18, 2019
Episode 1 : What is Middle Grade plus reviews: Fearless Frederic / The Secret of the Night Train
What is middle grade? Julie asks insider expert Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary Management. Plus Pamela reviews "Fearless Frederic," by Felice Arena and Julie reviews, "The Secret of the Night Train," by Sylvia Bishop. Author links:  Danielle Binks of https://www.jacintadimase.com.au/ https://www.felicearena.com/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: Fearless Frederic Author: Felice Arena Format: Paperback Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Date: 2nd April 2018 ISBN: 9780143786757 http://dkwlitagency.co.uk/authors/sylvia-bishop/ Want to request this book at your local library? Here’s the information you’ll need.  Title: The Secret Of The Night Train Author: Sylvia Bishop  Format: Paperback Publisher: Scholastic UK Date: 1st August 2018 ISBN: 9781407184401 To learn more about the Mavens, head on over to http://www.middlegradepodcast.com Or to find Julie online drop by http://www.julieannegrassobooks.com And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net Have a question or comment? Email us at mavens@middlegradepodcast.com  To learn what books are in the pipeline, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/middlegrademavens And we love blabbering about books over at https://www.instagram.com/middle_grade_mavens_podcast/ And also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GradeMiddle
27:17
January 5, 2019