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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

Middle Grade Mavens Julie Grasso+Pamela Ueckerman

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    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

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

    Episode 58: Beyond Belief / As Fast As I can / The Power Of Positive Pranking / Dee White interview / Nat Amoore interview

    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

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 57: Interview with author Hayley Chewins

    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 min
    Episode 56: Bonus with Chrissie Perry/ Meg Whelan Affirm Press

    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 min
    Episode 55: The Tell / The Year The Maps Changed / Danielle Binks Interview

    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 min
    Episode 54: Bonus: Susannah Chambers Allen and Unwin / Kate O'Donnell Younger Sun Bookshop

    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 min
    Episode 53: Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens / Gargantis / Threads of Magic/Jacqueline Harvey Interview

    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 min

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