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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 ...
 
Rob Kent interviews fellow authors, editors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals to discuss the craft and business of producing middle grade and young adult novels. New episode every Saturday. MiddleGradeNinja.com. Rob Kent is the author of BANNEKER BONES AND THE GIANT ROBOT BEES . He runs the popular blog for writers, Middle Grade Ninja, which features interviews and guest posts from authors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals. He also hosts the Middle Grade ...
 
Coverage of the goals, objectives, and curriculum of the middle school/intermediate school. Explores the unique educational and social needs of boys and girls 10-15 years of age who are in grades 5-9. The nature of children in this age group is analyzed in terms of changing times and trends. Prerequisite: Admission I, Educational Foundations 235, Child and Adolescent Development, or equivalent and Educational Foundations 380, Educational Psychology.
 
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Jessica Vitalis and I chat about her debut novel, THE WOLF’S CURSE. And we have a detailed discussion about the six-figure, two-book deal her agent, Sara Crowe, negotiated for her. We also talk about how Erin Entrada Kelley fell in love with Jessica’s book and helped her secure that vital representation. And we chat about the time Jessica was visit…
 
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…
 
Becky LeJeune and I chat about how she went from being a criminal justice major while working in a Walden Books to an editor and now a literary agent with the Bond Literary Agency. We talk about how she evaluates manuscripts, why you don’t want to convince an agent to represent a genre they’re not currently selling in, advice about finding comp tit…
 
Sara Pennypacker and I discuss tips for writing from the perspective of a fox in her long-anticipated sequel to the classic novel PAX, PAX: JOURNEY HOME. We chat about how she interviews animals and how she addresses darker subjects such as the full cost of war in children’s literature. We also talk about the novelization of SHARK TALE, how focusin…
 
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…
 
Chris Negron and I discuss how he became an author, how his Parkinson’s disease makes him a better writer, and his newest book, THE LAST SUPER CHEF. We wonder if writers ever actually retire and how learning alternate titles of great works might forever change them. We chat about choosing an audiobook narrator, the Atlanta writers club, UFO disclos…
 
Marie Lamba and I discuss her terrible experience with her own novel that led her to become an agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency for the past decade. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing, each of us sharing our tales. We also chat about the pandemic’s effect on publishing (and its future effects), an age…
 
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…
 
John David Anderson and I talk about a little bit of everything in this far-ranging conversation between two Hoosier authors who like STAR WARS and Kurt Vonnegut. We chat about Anderson’s newest novel, STOWAWAY, as well as his classic, MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY. Also discussed: writing two novels a year, leaving your heart on the page, space pirates, co…
 
To commemorate the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Kathleen Burkinshaw and I discuss her novel, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM. This is one of the most important conversations I’ve ever had and I’ll be thinking about it for the rest of my life. Parts of it broke my heart and may break yours as well. You will hear my most awkward, deflecting …
 
Alyson Gerber and I discuss how to talk about food and diet for teens and creating sympathetic parent characters in her newest YA novel, TAKING UP SPACE. We also chat about how her ADHD is helpful to her as an author, the benefits of a background in acting, her writing workday, how wearing a back brace as a teen helped prepare her for the pandemic,…
 
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 …
 
Melissa Hope and I discuss her popular YouTube channel for authors, HOPEFUL HAPPENINGS, and how it paved the way to publish her debut novel, SEA OF KINGS. We chat about how she taught herself to write, collaborating with her marine biologist husband, working with Jolly Fish Press, finding beta readers, scheduling time to read while raising three ki…
 
Nicole Kornher-Stace and I discuss classic science fiction and her new middle grade novel, JILLIAN VS PARASITE PLANET. We also talk about the importance of portraying platonic friendships and not just romantic relationships in fiction, parasites, parenting, homeschool during a pandemic, anxiety, big dumb action movies as inspiration, video games, t…
 
Ali Standish and I discuss her writer’s journey, which included an MFA in children's writing from Hollins University and an MPhil in Children's Literature from the University of Cambridge, as well as working in the same building as her future literary agent (and sitting in her chair). We talk about Ali’s newest novel, THE MENDING SUMMER, writing an…
 
Erin Entrada Kelly and I chat about her writing habits and how she learned to focus on what her creative spirit wants her to do. We discuss how she won a Newberry Award and immediately quit her day job, as well as her newest middle grade novel, MAYBE, MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY. We talk about how she always remembers an affinity for the characters and th…
 
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…
 
Mary C. Moore and I discuss her career from zookeeper to literary agent with Kimberly Cameron and Associates, as well as the types of projects and clients she’s looking to represent. We talk about the difference between a large agency and a smaller one, the ways in which she evaluates manuscripts and authors, the support she provides writers both d…
 
Jasmine Warga and I discuss her newest novel, THE SHAPE OF THUNDER, as well as gun violence in schools and mental health in youth. We also talk about her process of pantsing and revising to find her stories, how storytelling rekindled her love of science, how she overcame her habit of hoping between stories, how she learned to make time for writing…
 
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…
 
Sailaja N. Joshi, Amy Maranville, Payal Doshi, and I discuss Mango + Marigold Press and their newest release, REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR. We talk about the cycle of their book from submission to acquisition, editing and revising, marketing and promotion, all the way to its launch and beyond. We discuss the importance of increasing diversity in…
 
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…
 
Robert Beatty and I discuss his many successes in life as a CEO and a writer, as well as his newest novel, WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW. We chat about his working with Amy Adams on the upcoming WILLA OF THE WOOD television show and the process that led to the publication of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK. We talk about how writing is a skill and how he learn…
 
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 - …
 
Leila Sales and I talk about her career in publishing as well as her newest middle grade novel, THE CAMPAIGN. We discuss in depth how she read submissions as an editor and made her decisions about rejecting and accepting them. She shares her habits for successfully writing while being extremely busy, the pros and cons of decentralizing publishing, …
 
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 …
 
Dr. Susan McCormick and I discuss writing about medical realities that are sometimes frightening for the middle grade audience in her new novel, THE ANTIDOTE. She shares her thoughts on how the pandemic has impacted young people and reasons for us to be optimistic about the future. We also chat about muses and the mysteries of writing, her secrets …
 
Alane Adams shares the story of her transition from a successful accountant to a successful author and founder of the Rise Up Foundation. We talk about researching and writing mythology for her series, LEGENDS OF OLYMPUS, and her latest release, MEDUSA QUEST. We also discuss tips for productivity, the importance of not stopping writing for anything…
 
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…
 
David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka join me to discuss their collaboration from its start to how it remains successful, and their newest picture book, SEE THE CAT. We discuss the very different paths they took to publication, the difference in a writer’s workday versus an illustrator’s workday, the difference winning an award makes, school visits, …
 
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…
 
Holly McGhee and I talk about her childhood in the country and how she went from selling corn out of a pickup truck to founding Pippin Properties Inc, an agency that has profoundly shaped the face of modern children’s literature. We chat about her relationship with author Kate DiCamillo both as a client and as a friend, and how it led to the creati…
 
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…
 
Luke Cunningham and I push the boundaries of what is an appropriate podcast conversation to promote a middle grade novel such as his debut, LEO, INVENTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE. We discuss his time writing for THE TONIGHT SHOW, Pomodoro sessions, our dream pedestal arcades, working with Harper Collins Christian, the problem with rich people, writing politi…
 
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…
 
Author Kyle Lukoff tells the story of how he persisted in publishing and finally landed his dream agent, Saba Sulaiman, who joins him on the podcast. We discuss how they revised Kyle’s newest, TOO BRIGHT TO SEE, how they submitted it to editors, sold it at auction, and are now promoting it as well as selling Kyle’s future novels. We also chat about…
 
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 …
 
Carole Boston Weatherford and I discuss poetry, history, and race in her newest picture books BOX: HENRY BROWN MAILS HIMSELF TO FREEDOM and UNSPEAKABLE: THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE. We talk about discussing difficult history for children, how to tailor-make books for Critical Reading elementary school students, what it means to be called to poetry by T…
 
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, …
 
Six months after our first conversation in episode 78, editor Sara-Jayne Slack and author Dorothy A. Winsor discuss Inspired Quill’s 10th anniversary and their latest release in the Tales of Rinland series, THE TRICKSTER. We chat about life during the pandemic, the advantages of in-person events vs online book promotion, the dos and don’ts of talki…
 
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…
 
Carrie Seim and I discuss her newest novel, HORSE GIRL, as well as her bestselling audiobook, THE FLYING FLAMINGO SISTERS, and her performance of both. We talk about her time as a writer for Nickelodeon and a performer on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, her audition for Saturday Night Live, how she combined her training in improvisational comedy with The Groun…
 
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…
 
Esabella Strickland is an award-winning actress, screenwriter, filmmaker, and social media influencer who’s just published her first novel, THEN AND THERE, HERE AND WHERE. And she’s 15 years old. We discuss her time as a Variety BC Youth Ambassador speaking about her anxiety, ADHD, and dyslexia, as well as her jeans pocket art. She explains how she…
 
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…
 
Nick Goss and I discuss self publishing, home schooling, his bought with Covid-19, writing secular stories as a Christian, the pros and cons of social media, the importance of organizing a writing schedule, producing output that meets your personal standard, stories that are premium Nintendo good, a tale of the supernatural, and so much more. And, …
 
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…
 
My friend Lisa Fipps and I discuss “fat girl rules,” intrinsic self worth, overcoming bullying, and writing a story in free-verse poetry. Her debut novel, STAR FISH, releases this week with starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, me, and many others. You don’t want to miss this book. Lisa and I also…
 
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…
 
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