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Middle Grade Mavens

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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 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 ...
 
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a high-quality serial mystery story for middle graders, performed by actual kids. Think Goonies, meets Spy Kids, meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year-olds. Listen along as eleven-year-old Mars Patel and his pals JP, Toothpick, and Caddie set out on a audacious adventure in search of two missing friends. The mysterious tech billionaire Oliver Pruitt might have a thing-or-two to say about their quest, because as he likes to say, To the stars! In ...
 
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A Grade

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A Grade

agradepodcast

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A professor and a middle school teacher taste, review, and grade America‘s best coffee roasters, craft breweries, and more. New episodes every Monday at 7am EST! Now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen to podcasts!
 
Here we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children's books that can be bridges across our cultural divides… the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they're not alone. The hosts are Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi. Ann is a middle grade author, a community organizer, a former middle school teacher and a mother of two. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, an interfaith activist, cultural sensitivity train ...
 
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Sssh! Periods

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Sssh! Periods

Bronx Prep Middle School

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Sssh! Periods is a biweekly podcast started by seven 8th graders from the Bronx, New York. Every two weeks (ish) Kathaleen, Raizel, Litzy, Caroline, Ashley, Jasmin, and Kassy bring listeners their takes on women's issues (which often circle back to periods, as the name of the podcast would suggest). This podcast was originally created as a submission to National Public Radio's first-ever Student Podcast Challenge, which it then won. You can also find us on Apple Podcasts and BuzzSprout.
 
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.
 
Fast-forward 200 years Things are finally getting better. There are cities on the moon. Asteroids are being mined. Everyone has a mecha. Except Praxit. That's about to change. Poor kid. Back to now Future Is Mecha is a science fiction adventure story aimed at smart middle graders and up. It's realistic but fantastic, dramatic but not grim, and sprinkled with humour and big ideas.
 
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Emily Barth Isler and I discuss her childhood as an actress featured on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and elsewhere as well as performing for the Clinton White House, and how she eventually transitioned to the family business of writing, the “safe career choice.” We also talk about her new novel, AFTERMATH, how to process trauma through writing, how to take act…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Pony," by R.J Palacio and Julie reviews, "The Incredible Talking Machine," by Jenni Spangler. Plus Julie chats to Craig Cauchi from Genrecon and Pamela chats to Sam Rutter of Storytorch. Links to Books:https://www.booktopia.com.au/pony-r-j-palacio/book/9780141377056.htmlhttps://www.booktopia.com.au/the…
 
Coffee sourced from specific farms? Processed from Columbian crop to your cup in only 10 days? Sign us up! But how else did Devoción coffee roaster in Brooklyn, New York fair in this week's review? Grab a fresh brew of your choice and join us! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Ins…
 
We might be geeks ourselves, but do we rise into the category of "ubergeeks"? Well, we certainly gave it our best try this week at Ubergeek Brewing Company in Riverhead, NY. How did the brews, vibes, and geekiness stack up to our typical brewery experience? Grab a drink and give a listen to find out! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcast…
 
Aura Lewis and I discuss the process of writing and illustrating her newest book, SPECTACULAR SISTERS: AMAZING STORIES OF SISTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. We talk about how she went from being a freelance artist to working in publishing, the role her MFA played in that transition, designing the credit sequence for the Hulu Show MRS. AMERICA, the impo…
 
We're always on the lookout for our next "A" grade coffee roaster experience. Does this week's journey to Southdown Coffee in Glen Cove, New York make the top tier list? Grab a brew yourself and give a listen to find out! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcas…
 
Alda P. Dobbs and I discuss writing about the Mexican Revolution as well as her own family’s history in her new novel, BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA, and then translating that story into a second language. We talk about how Alda gained confidence as a writer, the advice she received from Avi, how she applied for grants and became “hardheaded,” foun…
 
Introducing Flip & Mozi’s Guide to How to be an Earthling, the intergalactic musical podcast that brings conservation into the conversation for kids and their grown-ups. From the creators of the #1 Kids and Family podcast, Wow in the World, in collaboration with Grammy-nominated,The Pop Ups, each audio animated, humor-filled episode inspires a sens…
 
We've been to all sorts of breweries, but what about what could be considered as a "dive" brewery? Well, if you've ever been curious about finding one, then Lithology might be the spot! Check out how we liked it in this week's episode! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @…
 
Michelle Jabès Corpora, Samantha M. Clark, and I discuss their new series AMERICAN HORSE TALES. We talk about Michelle's experience as an editor for Harper Collins, a concept developer, and a ghostwriter, as well as Samantha's experience as a journalist, a managing editor, and the regional advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's…
 
Little downtown vibes? Specialty coffee products? Sign us up! But what's the final overall letter grade? Join us this week as we taste, review, and grade Flux Coffee in Farmingdale, NY! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to…
 
David Neilsen and I discuss the advantages of traditional publishing and independent publishing and why he transitioned to a hybrid author with his newest release, LILLIAN LOVECRAFT AND THE HARMLESS HORRORS. We also talk about his time as a screenwriter, how he narrated his own audiobooks, book marketing, hosting murder mystery parties, leading gho…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, Wandi by Favel Parrett, Illustrated by Zoe Ingram, and "Enola Holmes and the black barouche," by Nancy Springer. Julie reviews, "Powerful Princesses," by Angela Buckingham, Illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, and "Courageous Queens," by Angela Buckingham, Illustrated by Debora Islas. Where to find Wandi…
 
Next stop? Follow the tracks and join us at Trax Coffee Roasters in Beacon, New York to hear more about this unique spot! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to help fuel our coffee roaster and brewery reviews? Leave us a ti…
 
The Speed City Sisters in Crime return to the scene of the… podcast? Returning for their first appearance since episode 79, they’ve just released a new anthology, TRICK OR TREATS: TALES OF ALL HALLOWS EVE. I sit down with authors Ross Carley, Diana Catt, Mary Ann Koontz, Elizabeth Perona, Tony Perona, Karen Phillips, and Elizabeth A. San Miguel, to…
 
There's nothing like a brewery with a solid theme, local vibes, and distinct beer. So how does Two Way Brewing Company in Beacon, New York stack up to the competition? Grab a drink of choice and give a listen to find out! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcas…
 
Diana Rodriguez Wallach and I discuss cults, demonic possession, and writing YA horror in her new novel, SMALL TOWN MONSTERS. It’s a Halloween-themed episode, so we talk about Ed and Lorraine Warren, Stephen King, and that time Diana lived in a haunted house. Writing occasionally comes up as well, so we also discuss her journey through multiple lit…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "The What On Earth Institute of Wonder," by Lisa Nichol, and "My Brother Ben," by Peter Carnavas, and Julie reviews, "The Magic of Magnolia Moon," by Edwina Wyatt, and "Shadowghast," by Thomas Taylor. Plus Andy Griffiths stops in for an interview about his latest book with Terry Denton, "The 143 Story T…
 
Is Hudson Valley Brewery the fall destination craft beer outing you're looking for? Join us this week as we enjoy this very unique style brewery in Beacon, New York! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to help fuel our coffe…
 
My friend, Sarah J. Schmitt, and I discuss her path to publishing IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH her newest novel, WHERE THERE’S A WHISK, and why you should never give anyone else power over your art. She shares how she found her editor on Twitter, how she secured her literary agent, and how she survived the collapse of her publisher. We also chat about au…
 
Is there any coffee like Dave's Coffee? Check out this week's coffee roaster review and grade as we finish up our Providence Rhode Island tour! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to help fuel our coffee roaster and brewery …
 
Gayle Forman and I discuss her career from a journalist for SEVENTEEN to a celebrated YA novelist and the launch of her first MG book, FRANKIE AND BUG. She describes the experience of having IF I STAY adapted into a film and tells an excellent ghost story. We chat about WE ARE INEVITABLE, writing to get out of poverty, how there is no promised land…
 
I might keep mistakenly calling them "monkier", but maybe that's just the craft beer working its magic? Join us this week as we visit and grade Moniker Brewery in Providence Rhode Island! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want …
 
Two-time Newberry Award winner and one of my childhood heroes, Katherine Patterson, and I discuss how she transformed from a “mediocre writer” to a Living Legend (so designated by the Library of Congress in 2000). We chat about her newest novel, BIRDIE’S BARGAIN, how Hollywood demanded a sequel to BRIDGE TO TERABETHIA, the time she kissed Robert Pa…
 
Today on Middle Grade Mavens, Pamela reviews, "Dragon Skin," by Karen Foxlee, and Julie reviews, "Seven Wherewithal Way," by Samantha-Ellen Bound. Plus Karen and Sam both stop by in for an interview. About: Dragon Skin: How to save a dragon:1)Assemble equipment. Water, Weet-Bix, sugar, syringe, sticky tape, scissors.2)Believe in everything.Pip neve…
 
A California themed vibe at a coffee roaster in New York? Big time! But what about our full grades? Join us this week as we discuss this unique spot in this week's coffee roaster review! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want t…
 
Rajani LaRocca and I discuss the importance of finding a community of writers and how that led her to publication, as well as her newest novel, MUCH ADO ABOUT BASEBALL. We talk about the “slight fairytale” that led her to finding her literary agent, her time as a pitch wars mentor, plantsing, coordinating publicity and school visits (even during a …
 
We’ve launched a hilarious new Gen-Z Media show that features some of the world’s best improv comedians. Here’s the first episode, and there’s plenty more over on the Nice To Meet You feed. Head on over and subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or wherever you and your family like to listen.On his private space station high above Eart…
 
We get a lot of requests from listeners who want to know where they can hear the Mars Patel music all by itself! So we decided to release an episode that takes a look behind how the music for the show is created.Mars Patel co-creator Chris Tarry takes you behind the music he creates with his musical partner Shawn Pierce, and then lets you hear all …
 
Great vibes, great people, and great coffee? At Fundati Coffee in Lincoln, Rhode Island, the answers are yes, yup, and oh yeah! But what about our full grades? Join us this week as we discuss this wonderful spot in this week's coffee roaster review! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out …
 
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…
 
Few breweries have seen as much recent success as Tilted Barn Brewery in Exeter, Rhode Island. In fact, they've grown so much that their new, bigger barn might not be tilted--but their beers will certainly send you wobbling. Check out our full thoughts on this unique farm-style setting in this week's episode of A Grade Podcast! Find our episodes wh…
 
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…
 
Fresh coffee? Organic beans? What do we think about Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters in Fairfield Connecticut? Give us a lesson to find out! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to help fuel our coffee roaster and brewery r…
 
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…
 
A big brewery with a local vibe? Not easy to accomplish, but crack a beverage of your choice and listen to this week's episode to hear our full thoughts on Peconic County Brewing in Riverhead, NY! Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts, including... Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updat…
 
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…
 
Nothing quite like some fresh coffee in a cozy country setting! Join us this week as we hit up North Fork Coffee Roasters in search of some fresh beans. Find our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts! Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to help fuel our coffee roaster and brewery revi…
 
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…
 
Like dogs, vibes, and awesome craft beer? Join Joe and Jackie this week in our first ever brewery review of Six Harbors Brewing Company in Huntington, NY! Find this episode and more wherever you listen to podcasts! Apple Podcasts Spotify Check us out on Instagram @a_grade_podcast for more pics and updates! Want to help fuel our coffee roaster and b…
 
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,…
 
Introducing, Iowa Chapman and the Last Dog, the next great show from Gen-Z Media launching August 2nd, and our very first feature-length podcast. What does that mean? It means that it’s one single download, no episodes to wait for, it’s quite literally an epic three-hour audio movie for your ears. Set hundreds of years in the future, when our plane…
 
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…
 
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