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Big Kids Book Club Archives: Author Interviews with M.G. Leonard + Sam Sedgman

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Welcome back to this week’s episode of the Big Kids Book Club.

In this episode, M.G.Leonard & Sam Sedgman, author of the Adventures on Trains Series join us in the clubhouse to talk about their journey working together as children authors.

We chat about visiting the national railway museum https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/ , creating real journeys through characters and research, the twist of mysteries, and their shortlist for the ‘Books are my Bag Awards’ (The awards are now closed)

Maya and Sam were fantastic guests and we are super grateful they were able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday TBR Teasers

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back to the Big Kids Book Club.

It’s Tuesday, so what should we talk about today? How about new books!

Each week we look at a book that’s either just been released or soon to be hitting shelves, but either way they should be on your wish lists!

This week: Kate on the Case by Hannah Peck

Publisher: Piccadilly Press

Pages: 160

Release Date:  08/07/2021

Young reporter-in-training Kate and her mouse-accomplice Rupert are on board a train, to visit Kate’s mum in the Arctic. But as soon as the train departs, mysterious things start happening. A packet of ginger nuts goes missing . . .

A collection of gymnastics trophies are stolen . . .

And some ancient scrolls disappear . . .

Fellow passenger Madame Maude seems the most likely culprit, until a surprising – and delicious – twist turns the whole investigation on its head.

First in a witty two-colour chapter-book series about a bold young detective and a colourful cast of suspects, in a setting worthy of Agatha Christie.

You can pick it up the book from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or check out your local bookshop.

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Episode 66: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Terri Libenson

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Terri Libenson, author and illustrator of the Emmie and Friends, joins me on the show.

Terri and I chatted about blending experiences into stories and moving from newspaper comics to middle grade novels.

Terri was a great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful she was able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the entire Emmie and Friends series (5 books!) then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #TylerComp and tell us your favourite subject at school and why.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 25th June

About Terri Libenson | Terri Libenson
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Tuesday TBR Teasers

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back to the Big Kids Book Club.

It’s Tuesday, so what should we talk about today? How about new books!

Each week we look at a book that’s either just been released or soon to be hitting shelves, but either way they should be on your wish lists!

This week: Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Pages: 400

Release Date:  01/07/2021

A hundred years before the Lionesses, Lily Parr, Alice Woods and their teammates were proudly playing their beloved, exciting and skilful game.

They can take our ball, but they can never stop the game. As men were sent to fight in the war, women and girls took their place in munitions factories. Football became a favourite pastime and, before long, they were creating all-female sides and playing public matches to sell-out crowds, overshadowing the men’s football.

Despite drawing crowds of 50,000, women’s football was outlawed by the Football Association in 1921, who deemed it ‘unsuitable for females’.

This is the incredible story of these amazing women.

You can pick it up the book from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or check out your local bookshop.

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Episode 65: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Bryony Pearce

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Bryony Pearce, author of the YA thrillers and the brand new, Raising Hell, joins me on the show.

Bryony and I chatted about creating normal characters for teens to find themselves in and creating sequels by accident.

Bryony was a great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful she was able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Raising Hell, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #BryonyComp and come up with a zombie killing weapon and give it a cool name!

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 18th June

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Episode 64: Big Kids Book Club Midweek Review: Arctic Star

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Welcome to our Mid-Week review 📚🎙🎧

Each week, we’re going to be reviewing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel and giving you the scoop on whether it’s any good!

Our rating system is out of 5 stars with the following categories being looked at:

Plot, Pacing, Characters, Style, Setting

All the categories are ranked from five, added together, and divided by 5 to give a final rating!

This week’s episode features:

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Arctic Star by Tom Palmer

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Age Range: 9+

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Page Count: 196

Star Rating:  4.4⭐(out of 5)

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Tuesday TBR Teasers

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back to the Big Kids Book Club.

It’s Tuesday, so what should we talk about today? How about new books!

Each week we look at a book that’s either just been released or soon to be hitting shelves, but either way they should be on your wish lists!📚📚

This week: A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr

Publisher: Usbourne

Pages: 304

Release Date:  10/06/2021

Meixing Lim and her family have arrived in the New Land to begin a New Life. Everything is scary and different. Their ever-changing house is confusing and she finds it hard to understand the other children at school.

Yet in her magical glasshouse, with a strange black-and-white cat, Meixing finds a place to dream.

But then Meixing’s life comes crashing down in unimaginable ways. Only her two new and unexpected friends can help. By being brave together, they will learn how to make the stars shine brighter.

A Glasshouse of Stars is based on the author’s childhood and beautifully illustrates the importance of friendship, kindness and love.

“Heart-twisting and hopeful, bursting with big feelings and gentle magic.” Jessica Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of the Nevermoor series

“A rare and beautiful masterpiece; deeply heartfelt, dreamily magical, and glitteringly hopeful. I adored it!” Sophie Anderson, bestselling author of The House with Chicken Legs

You can pick it up the book from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or check out your local bookshop.

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Big Kids Book Club Episode 63: Author Interview – Claire Barker

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Claire Barker, author of the Kintbone Pepper and Picklewitch and Jack series, joins me on the show.

Claire and I chatted about undoing knots in your writing, finding the best friendships through tension and waiting for characters to visit.

Claire was a great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful she was able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Picklewitch and Jack , then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #PicklewitchComp and tell us what spell you’d like to be able to cast.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 11th June

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Episode 61: Big Kids Book Club Midweek Review: You Are A Champion

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Welcome to our Mid-Week review 📚🎙🎧

Each week, we’re going to be reviewing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel and giving you the scoop on whether it’s any good!

Our rating system for non-fiction is out of 5 stars with the following categories being looked at:

Purpose, Style, Authority, Usefulness

All the categories are ranked from five, added together, and divided by 4 to give a final rating!

This week’s episode features:

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You are a champion by Marcus Rashford (with Carl Anka)

Publisher: Macmillan

Age Range: 9+

Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Self Help

Page Count: 208

Star Rating:  4.25⭐(out of 5)

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Tuesday TBR Teasers

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back to the Big Kids Book Club.

It’s Tuesday, so what should we talk about today? How about new books!

Each week we look at a book that’s either just been released or soon to be hitting shelves, but either way they should be on your wish lists!

This week: The Race by Roy Peachy

Publisher: Cranachan Publishing 

Pages: 200

Release Date:  03/06/2021

Get ready for the race of your life…

This is what it feels like when I’m running. When I’m running fast, I feel free.

12-year-old Lili is determined to defeat her arch rival in front of the Queen during her school’s anniversary celebrations.

Adopted from China as a baby, Lili also has personal challenges to overcome, but when her training is thrown into chaos by events outside her control, she realises that she must choose between family and the race of her life.

Meanwhile in 1944, Eric Liddell, hero of the 1924 Olympics, finds himself in a war zone. Separated from his family, he is getting ready to run his final race in a prison camp in China when his lifelong principles are challenged by the imprisoned children he is trying to help…

You can pick it up the book from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or check out your local bookshop.

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Episode 61: Big Kids Book Club Month Book Chat – May 2021

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It’s a new month so I’m joined by Rab (@rabtales), Emma (@emmakeane10), and special guest Laura (@librarylaurapod) as we look all things contemporary in this month’s topic.

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Onwe Press – https://www.onwe.co/ and the pre-order campaign for Landfill Mountains is on special offer right now and those who buy it will receive a bonus short story from the author – our very own Rab!

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We also want to give a big shout out to:

Black Lives Matter – https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Campaign Against Climate Change – https://www.campaigncc.org/

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So sit back, relax, and get lost in a good book-ish podcast

Follow us on Twitter: @Bigkidsbookclub

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Episode 60: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Louie Stowell

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Louie Stowell, author of the Dragon in the Library series and new book Otherland, joins me on the show.

Louie and I chatted about how Otherland started life over 20 years ago, how making friends in real life made her protagonist believable on the pages and the inspiration found in a dissenters graveyard.

Louie was a great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful she was able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Otherland, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #OtherlandComp and tell us who’d you’d rescue from Otherland!

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 4th June

Free short story – Unicorn in the Cemetary – https://louiestowell.com/

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Episode 59: Big Kids Book Club Midweek Review: Otherland

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Welcome to our Mid-Week review 📚🎙🎧

Each week, we’re going to be reviewing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel and giving you the scoop on whether it’s any good!

Our rating system is out of 5 stars with the following categories being looked at:

Plot, Pacing, Characters, Style, Setting

All the categories are ranked from five, added together, and divided by 5 to give a final rating!

This week’s episode features:

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Otherland by Louie Stowell

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Age Range: 7+

Genre(s): Fantasy

Page Count: 224

Star Rating:  4⭐(out of 5)

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Tuesday TBR Teasers

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back to the Big Kids Book Club.

It’s Tuesday, so what should we talk about today? How about new books!

Each week we look at a book that’s either just been released or soon to be hitting shelves, but either way they should be on your wish lists!📚📚

This week: Truly Tyler by Terri Libenson

Publisher: Blazer + Bray (Harper Collins)

Pages: 384 

Release Date:  27/05/2021

A story about being your truest self-and trusting your truest friends-from bestselling author Terri Libenson. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale.

Cliques. Crushes. Comics. Middle school.

Ever since Tyler started getting into art and hanging out with Emmie, his friends and teammates have been giving him a hard time. He wonders why can’t he nerd out on drawing and play ball?

Emmie is psyched that she gets to work on a comics project with her crush, Tyler. But she gets the feeling that his friends don’t think she’s cool enough. Maybe it’s time for a total reinvention. . . .

Don’t miss the rest of the Emmie & Friends series: Invisible Emmie, Positively Izzy, Just Jaime, Becoming Brianna, and You-Niquely You: An Emmie & Friends Interactive Journal!

You can pick it up the book from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or check out your local bookshop.

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Big Kids Book Club Podcast Episode 58: Author Interview – Justin Somper

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Justin Somper, author of the Vampirates & the Allies & Assassins series, joins me on the show.

Justin and I chatted about how the idea for Vampirates popped into his head, coming up with pirates and taking the plunge to re-launch his book series.

Justin was a great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful he was able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of the whole Vampirates series, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #VampirateComp and tell us your amazing vampire/pirate captain’s inspired names.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 28th May.

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Episode 57: Big Kids Book Club Midweek Review: Rumaysa: A Fairytale

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Welcome to our Mid-Week review 📚🎙🎧

Each week, we’re going to be reviewing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel and giving you the scoop on whether it’s any good!

Our rating system is out of 5 stars with the following categories being looked at:

Plot, Pacing, Characters, Style, Setting

All the categories are ranked from five, added together, and divided by 5 to give a final rating!

This week’s episode features:

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Rumaysa: A Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Age Range: 7+

Genre(s): Fantasy/Retelling

Page Count: 240

Star Rating:  4.1⭐(out of 5)

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Tuesday TBR Teasers

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back to the Big Kids Book Club.

It’s Tuesday, so what should we talk about today? How about new books!

Each week we look at a book that’s either just been released or soon to be hitting shelves, but either way they should be on your wish lists!📚📚

This week: The Swallow’s Flight by Hilary McKay

Publisher: Macmillian

Pages: 304

Release Date:  27/05/2021

From the Costa Award-winning author of The Skylarks’ War, a moving WWII story of family and friendship on opposite sides of a devastating conflict.

Four ordinary lives connected by extraordinary circumstances, Hilary McKay’s stunning companion novel to the Costa Award-winning The Skylarks’ War features the next generation of characters as they move from childhood to the threshold of adulthood amid the chaos and conflict of the Second World War.

Erik and Hans admire swallows over the rooftops of Berlin, little thinking that one day they will be flying above England, risking their lives in a war they both detest.

Ruby and Kate, great friends despite their differences, find themselves racing towards a danger that neither of them could possibly have imagined.

You can pick it up the book from https://uk.bookshop.org/ or check out your local bookshop.

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Big Kids Book Club Episode 56 -Author Interview: Andy Robb and Tamsin Mori

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, we have a UCLan Publishing double header!!! We’re joined by Andy Robb and Tamsin Mori on the show.

Andy and Tamsin chatted about their latest novels out now online or in books shops!

Both great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful they were able to join us on the show.

Enjoy!

***DOUBLE COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Andy’s Smashed, head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #SmasedComp.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Tamsin’s Weather Weaver, head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #WeaverComp.

(UK residents only)

The competitions close midnight on 21st May

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Big Kids Bok Club Podcast Episode 55: Midweek Review – The Last Hawk

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Welcome to our Mid-Week review 📚🎙🎧

Each week, we’re going to be reviewing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel and giving you the scoop on whether it’s any good!

Our rating system is out of 5 stars with the following categories being looked at:

Plot, Pacing, Characters, Style, Setting

All the categories are ranked from five, added together, and divided by 5 to give a final rating!

This week’s episode features:

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The Last Hawk by Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Age Range: 9+

Genre(s): Historical

Page Count: 120

Star Rating:  3.8⭐(out of 5)