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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 Ueckerman is a dance teacher, writer, book reviewer, editor and home educator.
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Middle Grade Mavens Julie Grasso+Pamela Ueckerman

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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 Ueckerman is a dance teacher, writer, book reviewer, editor and home educator.
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    Episode 86: Interview: Jackie French / Interview: Emily Rodda

    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?



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    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 ...



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    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

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 85: Eliza Vanda's Button Box / The Magicians Map / Planet Alterra

    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

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    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

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    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

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    • 20 min
    Episode 84: Interview with Catherine Doyle / Interview with Belinda Murrell

    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

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    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

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    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

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 83: Storm Keepers' Battle / The Golden Tower / The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle

    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

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    Author: Belinda Murrell

    Title: The Golden Tower

    Format: Book

    Publisher: Puffin

    Date: 2 March 2021

    ISBN: 9781760897093



    Author Links: Home | jackie-french

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    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




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    • 28 min
    Episode 82: Interview with Susanne Gervay / Interview with Kate Foster

    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



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    And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 81: Heroes of the Secret Underground / Huda and Me / Paws / Interview with H. Hayek

    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
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    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)
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    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

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    And for Pamela online find her at https://www.ueckerman.net
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    • 47 min

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