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Middle Grade Mavens

34 EpisodesProduced by Julie GrassoWebsite

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

34 Episodes | 2019

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." 

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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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