Episode 155: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Janelle McCurdy

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Janelle McCurdy, joins us to talk about her Debut Novel, Mia and the Lightcasters.

I chatted to Janelle about taking ten years to get published, Digimon, and video games influence on her writing. 

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

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Mia and the Lightcasters head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Miacomp and tell us what 2 animals you’d combine to make your own unique Umbra.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 17th August

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!

Today 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!

Today’s book: Alex Neptune: The Dragon Thief by David Owen

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Pages: 256

Release Date: 04/08/2022

Meet Alex Neptune, the boy with the power of the ocean in his hands – a brand-new hero for fans of Percy Jackson and Dragon Realm!

For as long as Alex Neptune can remember, the ocean has been trying to kill him. So he’s not too happy when a bunch of sea creatures drag him to the abandoned aquarium on the hill, where an imprisoned water dragon needs his help. But how can he say no to a magical myth?

Recruiting his tech-genius best friend Zoey, legend-lover Anil, a sharp-shooting octopus, four acrobatic otters and a thieving seagull, Alex plots a heist to break the dragon out. And suddenly discovers the power of the ocean at his fingertips…

Episode 154: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – David Owen

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, David Owen, joins us to talk about his Debut Middle Grade – Alex Neptune: Dragon Thief

I chatted to David about environmental issues, seaside mythology and whether or not seagulls count as sea animals??? You decide!

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

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Alex Neptune: Dragon Thief head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Neptunecomp and tell us what’s your favourite sea creature?

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 12th August

Episode 153: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Kate Foster

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Kate Foster, joins us to talk about her debut novel here in the UK, PAWS.

I chatted to Kate about writing autistic characters, the friendship between dogs and people, and the balance of being an author.

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

Check out PAWS from Walker Books – Out 4th August 

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!

Today 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!

Today’s book: Mia & the Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Pages: 416

Release Date: 04/08/2022

Beware of the shadows, the Reaper King is coming…

Mia always dreamed of being an umbra tamer until she met the wild creature on the Nightmare Plains. Since that day, she prefers to stay safe within the walls of Nubis. Safe, that is, until a surprise attack. With her parents captured, Mia’s only hope is to travel to the City of Light to find help.

But with only her little brother, two friends and one solitary tamed umbra, the journey feels impossible. Mia not only has to overcome her fears, she also has to learn to harness her umbra taming abilities if they are to complete the quest in time.

Episode 152: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Fleur Hitchcock

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Fleur Hitchcock, joins us to talk about her latest novel, Mouseheart.

I chatted to Fleur about writing in cities she knows, blending fact and fiction, and writing mysteries from back to front. 

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

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Mouseheart head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Mousecomp and tell us your favourite play or musical

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 8th August

Episode 151: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Alex Cotter 2

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Alex Cotter, joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Mermaid Call.

I chatted to Alex about writing a novel vs non-fiction, mental health in books, and the line between friend and villain.

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

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Mermaid Call head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Mermaidcomp and tell us what sort of unique mermaid you’d like to be.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 5th August

Episode 150: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Lauren Wolk

EPISODE 150!!!!!!!

Thanks to everybody who’s supported the show up to now.

Hey hey hey!

Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Lauren Wolk, joins us to talk about her latest novel, My Own Lightning

I chatted to Lauren about writing books set in settings dear to her, getting to write full time, and finding herself doubting success.

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

My Own Lightning is out now in both the US and UK from Penguin Random House.

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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!

Today 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!

Today’s book: The Day No One Woke Up by Polly Ho-Yen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

Pages: 240

Release Date:  21/07/2022

Something strange is happening in Ana’s city… she’s the only one awake. Confused and curious, Ana sets off to explore, bumping into the one other person who’s been able to rouse themselves – her ex-best friend, Tio. On a mission to discover what’s happening, Ana and Tio journey through the city looking for clues, their friendship mending with every step.

When a mysterious creature suddenly materialises in front of them, Ana realises they’ve found the answer they’ve been looking for.

But one question still remains: Why them?

Episode 149: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Tom Vaughan

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Tom Vaughan, joins us to talk about his newest book, A Gangster Stole My Trunks.

I chatted to Tom about writing more humour, the challenge of murder mysteries, and finding story ideas at a retirement home.

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

***COMPETITION***

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of A Gangster Stole My Trunks head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Gangstercomp and tell us what themed cruise you’d love to go on? 

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 1st August