Middle Grade Mavens

Middle Grade Mavens

www.middlegradepodcast.com
Welcome to Middle Grade Mavens, where two Australian author mums discuss their favourite middle-grade books, provide recommendations and share insider industry tips for authors trying their hand at middle grade. Julie Anne Grasso is the author of the Frankie Dupont Mystery series, cupcake enthusiast and part-time library book wrangler. Pamela Ueckerman is a writer, dancer and home schooling mum, who sometimes finds time for sleep. Both Julie and Pamela devour middle-grade books not only for research but also to share with their combined brood of four munchkins. #LoveOzMg


29: The Lost Tide Warriors / Max Booth Film Flip / Mika & Max / Laura Bloom Interview
Oct 2 • 56 min
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…
28: Songbird / The Butterfly Circus / The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green / Lisa Siberry Interview / Louise Park Interview
Sep 18 • 84 min
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…
27: The Mavens review: Grace’s Secret / How To Make A Movie In 12 Days / Interview Fiona Hardy
Sep 4 • 41 min
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:…
26: The Mavens review: Grimsdon / The Boy Who Grew Dragons / The Boy Who Flew With Dragons / Deb Abela Interview
Aug 21 • 50 min
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:…
25: The Mavens review: Ice Wolves / Help I Smell A Monster / Maraya Bell Interview / Hazel Edwards Interview
Aug 8 • 84 min
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…
24: The Mavens Review: The Time Travel Diaries / Vincent And The Grandest Hotel On Earth / Lisa Nichol Interview
Jul 24 • 47 min
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…
23: The Mavens review: Pie In The Sky / The Seven Keys / Allison Rushby Interview
Jul 9 • 40 min
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…
22: The Mavens review: Hubert Horatio / Noah and Blue’s Zooniverse / Dragon In The Library
Jun 26 • 30 min
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…
21: The Mavens review: His Name Was Walter / The Little Wave / Boot / Pip Harry Interview
Jun 12 • 48 min
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…
20: The Mavens review : Inheritance / Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire / Nat Amoore Interview
May 29 • 61 min
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:…
Bonus Episode: Kidlitvic 2019 Post Conference Banter
May 25 • 22 min
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…
19: The Mavens review Sherlock Bones And The Natural History Mystery / Raising Readers / Megan Daley Interview
May 15 • 47 min
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…
18: The Mavens review The Apostrophe Posse / The Boy Who Flew
May 8 • 16 min
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?…
17: The Mavens review Juno Jones Word Ninja / Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party
May 2 • 41 min
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…
16: The Mavens review: Elizabella Meets Her Match / Pog
Apr 17 • 17 min
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:…
15: The Mavens review: The Girl That Drank The Moon / The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife / Jack Henseleit Interview
Apr 10 • 41 min
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…
14: The Mavens review: Ateban Cipher : The Book of Answers / Malamander / Allison Tait Interview
Apr 3 • 56 min
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…
13: The Mavens review: The Dog Runner / Catch a Falling Star / Meg McKinlay Interview
Mar 27 • 42 min
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…
12: The Mavens review: The Wizards Of Once / The Bland Sisters
Mar 20 • 16 min
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:…
11: The Mavens review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee / Max Booth Future Sleuth / Cameron McIntosh Interview
Mar 13 • 37 min
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…
10: The Mavens review: Lenny’s Book of Everything / The Beast of Hushing Wood / Gabrielle Wang Interview
Mar 6 • 45 min
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…
9 : The Mavens review: The Orchard Underground / Wundersmith / Mat Larkin Interview
Feb 28 • 46 min
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:…
8: The Mavens review: How To Win A Nobel Prize / Murder most unladylike
Feb 20 • 21 min
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…
7: The Mavens review: The House With a Clock In Its Walls / Brightstorm
Feb 13 • 17 min
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…
2: Danielle Binks on middle-grade plus reviews: Swallow’s Dance / Wyrd / Cate Whittle Interview
Feb 12 • 42 min
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…
6: The Mavens review: Wakestone Hall / Fortunately The Milk / Judith Rossell Interview
Feb 6 • 23 min
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…
5: The Mavens review: The Mulberry Tree / Louisiana’s way / Allison Rushby Interview
Feb 1 • 34 min
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…
4: The Mavens review: Frankie Fish / The girl with the broken wing
Jan 24 • 14 min
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…
3: The Mavens review: Tarin of the mammoths / Sherlock, Lupin and me
Jan 18 • 12 min
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…
1 : What is Middle Grade plus reviews: Fearless Frederic / The Secret of the Night Train
Jan 4 • 27 min
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…