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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 Uec ...
 
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Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Pony," by R.J Palacio and Julie reviews, "The Incredible Talking Machine," by Jenni Spangler. Plus Julie chats to Craig Cauchi from Genrecon and Pamela chats to Sam Rutter of Storytorch. Links to Books:https://www.booktopia.com.au/pony-r-j-palacio/book/9780141377056.htmlhttps://www.booktopia.com.au/the…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, Wandi by Favel Parrett, Illustrated by Zoe Ingram, and "Enola Holmes and the black barouche," by Nancy Springer. Julie reviews, "Powerful Princesses," by Angela Buckingham, Illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, and "Courageous Queens," by Angela Buckingham, Illustrated by Debora Islas. Where to find Wandi…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The What On Earth Institute of Wonder," by Lisa Nichol, and "My Brother Ben," by Peter Carnavas, and Julie reviews, "The Magic of Magnolia Moon," by Edwina Wyatt, and "Shadowghast," by Thomas Taylor. Plus Andy Griffiths stops in for an interview about his latest book with Terry Denton, "The 143 Story T…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Dragon Skin," by Karen Foxlee, and Julie reviews, "Seven Wherewithal Way," by Samantha-Ellen Bound. Plus Karen and Sam both stop by in for an interview. About: Dragon Skin: How to save a dragon:1)Assemble equipment. Water, Weet-Bix, sugar, syringe, sticky tape, scissors.2)Believe in everything.Pip neve…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Night Ride Into Danger," by Jackie French, as well as "The Wolf's Howl by A.L. Tait. And Julie reviews, "Treasure In the Lake," by Jason Pamment, who also stops in for an interview!Buy books: Night Ride into Danger by Jackie French | 9781460758939 | BooktopiaThe Wolf's Howl, A Maven & Reeve Mystery Boo…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Song of Lewis Carmichael," by Sophie Laguna and Illustrated by Marc McBride, plus Sophie and Marc stop by for a chat. Sites Pamela mentions: www.Littlescribe.com StoryKids | Victoria Together Books Julie mentions: "Anemone is not the Enemy," Honour Book for the 2021 CBCA Awards Book of the Year for…
 
We're back!!! Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Boy Who Stepped Through Time," by Anna Ciddor, as well as, Renee Treml's "The Super Adventures of Ollie and Bea." Julie has some hot tips about Kidlitvic post conference malaise. As well as announcing a new Instagram account called RedWritingElf_On_LibraryShelf which will showcase the…
 
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 …
 
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 i…
 
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 Gi…
 
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, Ann…
 
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 - …
 
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 …
 
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 StarsBy: Shirley MarrPublished: 4th May 2021Publisher: PenguinISBN: 9781760899547Numbe…
 
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 Sm…
 
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 Dat…
 
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- powe…
 
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 | catherinedoylebooksWant this at your local library? Here's what you will need!Author: Catherine DoyleTitle: The Stor…
 
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, …
 
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 UndergroundAuthor: Susanne GervayPublis…
 
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…
 
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 - HomeWant this at your local library, here's what you'll need.Author: Elizabeth HoneyTitle: From Stella Street to AmsterdamForma…
 
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 o…
 
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 20…
 
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 JonesAbout Jacqui's book:A mental wellness toolkit for tweensIf life is a journey, then this book is an unmissable stop alo…
 
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, …
 
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 GREENBERGIllustrator Links: Sylvia Morris – illustration + science communicationWant…
 
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 DaughterWen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying…
 
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 Wo…
 
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…
 
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 y…
 
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 Bar…
 
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 b…
 
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:…
 
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 ho…
 
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 f…
 
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 …
 
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 Tai…
 
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…
 
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 Luc…
 
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 Alees…
 
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.a…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 ch…
 
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 lib…
 
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 t…
 
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-levinsIllustrator Link…
 
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-d…
 
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 …
 
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