Episode 71: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Stephanie Burgis

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and new the Raven Heir saga joins me on the show.

Stephanie and I chatted about intense writing courses, how her local castle inspired a series as well as the magic of chocolate!

Stephanie 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 copy of The Raven Heir then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #RavenheirComp and tell us what animal you’d like to shapeshift into.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 16th July.

Hot off the Presses!

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

Each week, hundreds of books come hot off the press for readers to enjoy. Here we’re highlighting one of those book which we think you should be checking out!

Book: Shadow Chaser: Choose your own story

Publisher: Usbourne Publishing

Pages: 288

Release Date:  08/07/2021

This magically illustrated gamebook plunges you into a story with a difference – one where the hero is YOU.

Woken one night by a bang at the door, you creep to the window and see five hooded strangers below. The leader looks up and beckons you down. What do you do?

Open the door, play for time, or escape through the window out back? The choice is yours…

From this point onwards you are in control of an epic adventure, and your survival depends upon the decisions you make. Who to fight? Who to trust?

In a book where nothing is as it seems, even the pictures hold secrets that must be unlocked. But as you race across land, sea and sky, one thing becomes clear: it’s not just your fate that hangs in the balance – it’s the fate of the entire kingdom.

Bringing together a sweeping story, beautifully illustrated picture puzzles and an exciting combat system, this is an adventure that will have you gripped from beginning to end.

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

Episode 70: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Jim Beckett

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Jim Beckett, author of Caravan at the Edge of Doom joins me on the show.

Jim and I chatted about his journey from Edinburgh Fringe Festivals to exploding loos, and what makes up the hero’s journey.

Jim 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 copy of Caravan at the Edge of Doom then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #DoomComp and come up with a hilarious Herculean task or riddle that would challenge a true hero. The funnier that better.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 14th July.

Episode 69: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Julia Golding

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Julia Golding, author of The Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery, joins Emma on the show.

Julia and Emma chatted about writing historical fiction, how life experiences refer to writing and exploring Jane’s early life.

Julia 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 Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #AustenComp and name another Jane Austen character who’d make a good detective

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 9th July.

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Episode 68: Big Kids Book Club Month Book Chat – June 2021

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It’s a new month so I’m joined by Rab (@rabtales), Emma (@emmakeane10) as we celebrate Pride month and LGBTQ+ books 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: @bigkidsbookclubpodcast

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 House on the Edge by Alex Cotter

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Pages: 256

Release Date:  01/07/2021

A tense thriller that’s impossible to put down – perfect for fans of Emma Carroll and Fleur Hitchcock.

Where has Faith’s dad gone? Why has he left his family living in an old house perched on a crumbling cliff top? A crack has appeared in the cliff and Faith watches anxiously as it gets bigger and bigger each day…

Her brother is obsessed with the sea ghosts he claims live in the basement, and when he disappears as well, Faith starts to believe in the ghosts too. Can she find her brother and bring her father back before everything she cares about falls into the pitiless sea below?

A great mystery with real heart, from a captivating new voice in middle-grade fiction. With cover illustration by Kathrin Honesta and neon finishes.

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

Episode 67: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview: Barbara Henderson

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Barbara Henderson, author and illustrator of the Chessman thief, joins me on the show.

Barbara and I chatted about writing historical fiction, being fascinated with unique stories and tales of Celtic history.

Barbara 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 Chessman Thief then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #ChessComp and create a new chess piece.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 2nd July.

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!

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.

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

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