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Middle Grade Mavens

61 EpisodesProduced by Julie Grasso+Pamela UeckermanWebsite

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 … read more

61 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Episode 61: Eloise And The Bucket Full of Stars / The Wolves of Greycoat Hall / Monstrous Devices / The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle / Lucinda Gifford Interview

August 5th, 2020

50:20

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 …

Episode 60: When Rain Turns To Snow /The Strangeworlds Travel Agency/ The Secret Library of Hummingbird House / Jane Godwin / Julieanne Negri

June 24th, 2020

1:53:07

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 …

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

May 28th, 2020

1:21:12

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, …

Episode 57: Interview with author Hayley Chewins

May 13th, 2020

58:57

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 …

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

May 5th, 2020

37:09

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. …

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

April 29th, 2020

44:28

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Tell," by Martin Chatterton, and Julie reviews, "The Year The Maps Changed, by Danielle Binks, …

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

April 22nd, 2020

37:23

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 …

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

April 15th, 2020

55:05

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens, by Andrew Levins, Illustrated by Katie Kear, and Julie reviews …

Episode 52: Industry insider chat: Leesa Lambert of The Little Bookroom / Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont

April 9th, 2020

46:56

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 …

Episode 51: Derek Dool Super Cool / Hotel Flamingo / Monty's Island / Adrian Beck interview / Lucinda Gifford interview

April 1st, 2020

1:30:30

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Derek Dool, Super Cool," by Adrian Beck, Illustrated by Scott Edgar, as well as "Hotel Flamingo," by …

Episode 50: League of Llamas / Whoa I Spy A Werewolf / Aleesah Darlison interview / Jude Rossell in Germany

March 19th, 2020

1:16:04

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "League of Llamas," by Aleesah Darlison, illustrated by Simon Greiner, and Julie reviews, "Whoa, I Spy …

Episode 49: Danny Best: Watch This / Anzac Girl / Jen Storer / Kate Simpson

March 4th, 2020

1:34:31

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Danny Best: Watch This," by Jen Storer, Illustrated by Mitch Vane, and Julie reviews, "Anzac Girl: The …

Episode 48: Edie's Experiements/ Lizard's Tale/ The Sound of Dark/ The Chickens Curse/ Charlotte Barkla/ Catherine Pelosi

February 19th, 2020

1:04:10

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Edie's Experiments," by Charlotte Barkla, Illustrated by Sandy Flett. Pamela also reviews, "The Sound …

Episode 46 and 47 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Jane Pearson of Text Publishing: Wrap Up for Summer Series.

February 16th, 2020

39:35

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.

Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 45 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Clair Hume of University of Queensland Press

February 13th, 2020

24:41

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.

Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 44 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Nancy Conescu of Berbay books

February 11th, 2020

25:18

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.

Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 43 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Davina Bell of Affirm Press

February 7th, 2020

43:23

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.

Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episdoe 42 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Paul Collins of Ford Street Publishing

February 2nd, 2020

24:59

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 41 Bonus: Ask The Illustrator: Nelle May Pierce

January 29th, 2020

26:01

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 40 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Suzanne O'Sullivan of Hachette

January 26th, 2020

22:22

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 39 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Susannah Chambers of Allen and Unwin

January 22nd, 2020

38:36

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.

Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 38 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Michelle Madden of Penguin Random House

January 19th, 2020

39:38

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.
Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 37 Bonus : Ask The Agent: Justine Barker of Mayfair Literary Agency

January 15th, 2020

30:59

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.
Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 36 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont

January 13th, 2020

35:33

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series.
Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 35 Bonus: Ask The Editor: Linsay Knight of Walker Books Australia

January 5th, 2020

43:44

Today on Middle Grade Mavens we're doing something different in our bonus, "Ask The Editor," series. 
Running over January - February 2020, each week we'll bring you some insider information on what exactly is on some …

Episode 34: The Mavens Top 21 for 2019 / Interview Sunshine Shamoo

December 11th, 2019

45:02

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, we are wrapping up 2019 with our top 21 most loved books.  Plus we interview the mini-mavens, and our final interview for the year, with the awesome Sunshine Shamoo.  
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Episode 33: The Monster Who Wasn't / Potkin and Stubbs / Marc McBride Interview

November 27th, 2019

53:00

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Monster Who Wasn't," by T.C. Shelley, and Julie reviews, "Potkin and Stubbs," by Sophie Green, …

Ep 32: Beverly Right Here / The Secrets of Magnolia Moon / Edwina Wyatt Interview

November 13th, 2019

56:28

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Beverly Right Here," by Kate DiCamillo, and Julie reviews, "The Secrets of Magnolia Moon," by Edwina …

Episode 31: The Mavens review: The Glimme / The Ghouls Of Howlfair/ Nick Tomlinson Interview

October 30th, 2019

51:54

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Glimme, by Emily Rodda, Illustrated by Marc McBride, and Julie reviews, "The Ghouls of Howlfair," …

Episode 30: Wolf Girl / Taylor and Rose: Spies in St Petersburg

October 17th, 2019

26:36

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Wolf Girl," by Ahn Do, Illustrated by Jeremy Ley, and Julie reviews, "Taylor and Rose: Spies in St …

Episode 29: The Lost Tide Warriors / Max Booth Film Flip / Mika & Max / Laura Bloom Interview

October 2nd, 2019

56:04

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Lost Tide Warriors," by Catherine Doyle, and Julie reviews, "Max Booth Future Sleuth : Film Flip, …

Episode 28: Songbird / The Butterfly Circus / The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green / Lisa Siberry Interview / Louise Park Interview

September 18th, 2019

1:24:09

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Songbird," by Ingrid Laguna, and Julie does a double review in, "The Butterfly Circus," by Francesca …

Episode 27: The Mavens review: Grace's Secret / How To Make A Movie In 12 Days / Interview Fiona Hardy

September 5th, 2019

41:01

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, …

Episode 26: The Mavens review: Grimsdon / The Boy Who Grew Dragons / Deb Abela Interview

August 21st, 2019

50:55

Author Links:Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Grimsdon," by Deborah Abela, and Julie reviews, "The Boy Who Grew Dragons," by Andy …

Episode 25: The Mavens review: Ice Wolves / Help I Smell A Monster / Maraya Bell Interview / Hazel Edwards Interview

August 8th, 2019

1:24:38

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela, reviews, "Ice Wolves," by Amie Kaufman, and Julie reviews, "Help I smell a Monster," by Justin Davies, …

Episode 24: The Mavens Review: The Time Travel Diaries / Vincent And The Grandest Hotel On Earth / Lisa Nichol Interview

July 24th, 2019

47:39

Today on Middle Grade Mavens,  Pamela reviews, "The Time Travel Diaries," by Caroline Lawrence, and Julie reviews, "Vincent And The Grandest Hotel On …

Episode 23: The Mavens review: Pie In The Sky / The Seven Keys / Allison Rushby Interview

July 10th, 2019

40:16

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 …

Episode 22: The Mavens review: Hubert Horatio / Noah and Blue's Zooniverse / Dragon In The Library

June 26th, 2019

30:47

 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 …

Episode 21: The Mavens review: His Name Was Walter / The Little Wave / Boot / Pip Harry Interview

June 13th, 2019

48:50

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," …

Episode 20: The Mavens review : Inheritance / Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire / Nat Amoore Interview

May 29th, 2019

1:01:20

This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Inheritance," by Carole Wilkinson and Julie reviews, "Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire," by Nat …

Bonus Episode: Kidlitvic 2019 Post Conference Banter

May 25th, 2019

22:56

Pamela and Julie have been out in the wild, attending the Kidlitvic 2019 conference. A conference specifically tailored for creators who are writing …

Episode 19: The Mavens review Sherlock Bones And The Natural History Mystery / Raising Readers / Megan Daley Interview

May 15th, 2019

47:06

This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Sherlock Bones And The Natural History Mystery," by Renee Treml, and Julie reviews, "Raising …

Episode 18: The Mavens review The Apostrophe Posse / The Boy Who Flew

May 9th, 2019

16:11

This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Apostrophe Posse," by Tina Raffa-Mulligan, and Julie reviews, "The Boy Who Flew," by Fleur …

Episode 17: The Mavens review Juno Jones Word Ninja / Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party

May 2nd, 2019

41:37

This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, " Juno Jones, Word Ninja," by Kate Gordan, Illustrated by Sandy Flett, and Julie reviews, "Judy …

Episode 16: The Mavens review: Elizabella Meets Her Match / Pog

April 17th, 2019

17:21

This week on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Elizabella Meets Her Match,” by Zoe Norton Lodge, Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge and Julie …

Episode 15: The Mavens review: The Girl That Drank The Moon / The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife / Jack Henseleit Interview

April 11th, 2019

41:45

In this weeks episode, Pamela reviews, "The Girl That Drank The Moon," by Kelly Barnhill, and Julie reviews, "The Witching Hours; The Vampire Knife," …

Episode 14: The Mavens review: Ateban Cipher : The Book of Answers / Malamander / Allison Tait Interview

April 3rd, 2019

56:02

 Today on the Mavens, Pamela reviews," Ateban Cipher: The Book of Answers," by Allison Tait,  and Julie reviews, "Malamander," by Thomas Taylor 


Episode 13: The Mavens review: The Dog Runner / Catch a Falling Star / Meg McKinlay Interview

March 27th, 2019

42:11

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, " The dog runner," by Bren MacDibble, and Julie reviews, "Catch a falling star," by Meg McKinlay, plus …

Episode 12: The Mavens review: The Wizards Of Once / The Bland Sisters

March 21st, 2019

16:54

 Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The wizards of once," by Cressida Cowell, and Julie reviews, The unintentional adventures of the …

Episode 11: The Mavens review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee / Max Booth Future Sleuth / Cameron McIntosh Interview

March 14th, 2019

37:22

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee," by Deborah Abela, and Julie reviews, "Max Booth Future …

Episode 10: The Mavens review: Lenny's Book of Everything / The Beast of Hushing Wood / Gabrielle Wang Interview

March 7th, 2019

45:58

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Lenny's Book of Everything," by Karen Foxlee, and Julie reviews, "The Beast of Hushing Wood," by …

Episode 9 : The Mavens review: The Orchard Underground / Wundersmith / Mat Larkin Interview

February 28th, 2019

46:11

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Julie reviews, "The orchard underground," by Mat Larkin, and Pamela reviews, " Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan …

Episode 8: The Mavens review: How To Win A Nobel Prize / Murder most unladylike

February 21st, 2019

21:17

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "How to win a Nobel prize," and Julie reviews, 'Murder most unladylike." 

 Author links:

Episode 7: The Mavens review: The House With a Clock In Its Walls / Brightstorm

February 14th, 2019

17:01

Today on middle grade mavens, Pamela reviews, “The House with a clock in its walls,” by John Bellairs and Julie reviews, "Brightstorm," by Vashti …

Episode 2: Danielle Binks on middle-grade plus reviews: Swallow's Dance / Wyrd / Cate Whittle Interview

February 13th, 2019

42:38

Julie chats with Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary management, for more insider information on what exactly middle-grade is. Plus Pamela …

Episode 6: The Mavens review: Wakestone Hall / Fortunately The Milk / Judith Rossell Interview

February 7th, 2019

23:21

Today on middle grade mavens, Pamela reviews, “Wakestone Hall,” by Judith Rossell and Julie reviews, "Fortunately the milk," by Neil Gaiman, plus …

Episode 5: The Mavens review: The Mulberry Tree / Louisiana’s way / Allison Rushby Interview

February 1st, 2019

34:52

Today on middle grade Mavens Julie reviews, "The Mulberry Tree," by Allison Rushby, and Pamela reviews, "Louisiana's Way," by Kate Di Camillo. Plus, …

Episode 4: The Mavens review: Frankie Fish / The girl with the broken wing

January 24th, 2019

14:31

Episode 4: Today on middle grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Frankie Fish and the sonic suitcase," by Peter Helliar, and Julie reviews, "The girl with …

Episode 3: The Mavens review: Tarin of the mammoths / Sherlock, Lupin and me

January 18th, 2019

12:54

Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Tarin of the Mammoths," by Jo Sandhu and Julie reviews, "Sherlock, Lupin and me," by Irene Adler.

Episode 1 : What is Middle Grade plus reviews: Fearless Frederic / The Secret of the Night Train

January 5th, 2019

27:17

What is middle grade? Julie asks insider expert Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary Management. Plus Pamela reviews "Fearless Frederic," by …

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