Tuesday TBR Teaser

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: Magicborn by Peter Bunzl

Publisher: Usborne

Pages: 368

Release Date:  26/05/2022

The first instalment of an enthralling new fantasy series from the bestselling author of the Cogheart Adventures is a bewitching blend of sorcery and intrigue in a brilliantly realised alternate eighteenth-century England.  

The Curse is changed. You’ll never know. The truth is lost. The lie will grow.The year is 1726 and the Royal Sorcerer of England is on the hunt for those who are magicborn. When Tempest is captured after accidentally unleashing a power she didn’t know she had, she is taken to Kensington Palace alongside a boy like her, Peter.

Trapped, Tempest and Peter find their magic flickering to life – and with it, long-buried memories. For they are the lost prince and princess of Fairyland, bound by a deadly curse… and now the fairies are coming to get them. A battle is building – one only they can end. But who will survive?

The first in a sumptuous and enthralling new historical-fantasy adventure series from the bestselling author of The Cogheart Adventures.

Monday Morning News

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Well, it’s the start of a new week and that means there’s lots to talk about. We’ll be showing you soon all the cool content from our time at the weekend at NYALit Fest up in Preston at UCLan, but in the meantime we have a few little bits of news for you!

Bookshop Updates!

We’ve updated some the bookshop for the Big Kids Book Club page on there. I realise I’m not the best at keeping it updated, but here’s a list of all the books we chatted about during the month of April.

Remember, that buy shopping through Bookshop.org, not only are you supporting the podcast but also independent bookshops 😃📚

https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/big-kids-book-club-podcast-episodes-114-120-april-22-books-wrap-up


Paper Orange 🍊

Don’t forget to sign up to the next months Paper Orange book box subscription to receive the best in UK YA books with an exclusive 10% for our podcast fans.

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Every month subscribers will be receive the following items.

  • That month’s UK Y.A Book Pick. (Always a recent release from the month)
  • Relevant goodies, from bookmarks, prints to badges and everything in-between.
  • Author Letter – Learn more about the Author.
  • Information on that Month’s UK Y.A releases

Below iss a look at April’s contents for you to see just what sort of awesome goodies you get.

And that’s the news! We’ll be back in future weeks with more updates soon 😃📚

Episode 126: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Cath Howe

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Cath Howe, joins us to talk about her newest Middle Grade novel, The Insiders

Cath and I chatted about how teaching influences her writing, over writing like a boss, and the resilience of children.

Cath 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 Insiders head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Insidecomp and tag in your best friend! The more the merrier!!

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 27th May

Thursday TBR Teaser

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

It’s Thursday, 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 Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence by Marcus Rashford & Alex Falase-Koya

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 272

Release Date:  26/05/2022

The third title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club marks the fiction debut of the international footballer and food poverty campaigner himself, as a group of self-styled Breakfast Club Investigators take the twelve-year-old Marcus under their wing.

The Breakfast Club Adventures is the first fiction book by England International footballer, child food-poverty campaigner and #1 bestselling author Marcus Rashford MBE, inspired by Marcus’s own experiences growing up! Written with Alex Falase-Koya, it is the third title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club and is packed with tons of illustration throughout and is the perfect book for children aged 8-11.

There’s something fishy going on at school…

When twelve-year-old Marcus kicks his favourite football over the school fence, he knows he’s never getting it back. Nothing that goes over that wall ever comes back. But the next morning during Breakfast Club Marcus gets a mysterious note inviting him to join the Breakfast Club Investigators, and he is soon pulled into an exciting adventure with his new mates to solve the mystery and get his football back!

Packed full of friendship, adventure, community and fun, you won’t want to miss The Breakfast Club Adventures, Marcus Rashford’s first fiction book for children.

Episode 125: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Kimberly Pauley 2

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Kimberly Pauley returns to talk about her new book, The Accidental Wizard: A Peculiar Problem

Kimberly and I chatted about dungeons and dragons, fairy tales from around the British Isles, and writing 80,000 words in 3 months!

Kimberly 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 Accidental Wizard: A Peculiar Problem head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Twigcomp and tell us your medieval knightly name!

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 25th May

Tuesday TBR Teasers

Today’s book: Needle by Patrice Lawrence

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Pages: 128

Release Date:  05/05/2022

A powerful and heart-rending exploration of a teenager’s journey through grief, rage and getting caught in the criminal justice system from award-winning author Patrice Lawrence.

Charlene is a demon knitter. It’s the only thing she enjoys and the only thing she believes she’s really good at.

So when her foster mum’s son destroys her latest creation, Charlene loses it and stabs him in the hand with her knitting needle. It damages a nerve and she gets sucked into the criminal justice system for assault.

Charlene’s not sorry and she’s never apologised to anyone in her life. But people keep telling her that if she says sorry, they’ll go easier on her. Can she bring herself to say it and not mean it when her freedom’s at stake?

Big Kids Book Club Archives – Episode 51: Reni K Amayo

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As we’re well over 120 episodes now, and we’re making new friends so let’s check out some of the older episodes that were amazing.

This episode was originally released back in April 2021

In this episode, Reni K Amayo , author of Daughters of Nri and publisher with Onwe Press, joins me on the show.

Reni and I chatted about her writing as a route to discover her history, the importance of creating books she’s passionate about and working on books to avoid writing.

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

Enjoy!

Episode 124: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Jasmine Richards 2

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Jasmine Richards returns to talk about her latest projects for Storymix and her new solo book, The Unmorrow Curse.

Jasmine and I chatted about mythologies, wearing many different hats, and the importance of finding stories that we can see ourselves in.

Jasmine 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 Unmorrow Curse head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Fridaycomp and tell us what superstitions you believe in.

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 20th May

Thursday TBR Teaser

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

It’s Thursday, 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: Seed by Caryl Lewis

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 288

Release Date:  12/05/2022

Seed is a funny, big-hearted story by award-winner Caryl Lewis about the power of hope and imagination when you believe in the impossible. Perfect for readers of 8-12. Illustrated in black and white throughout by George Ermos.

Marty doesn’t have much. Unlike his mum, who has billions of things: newspapers, holey shoes, rusty lawnmowers, broken picture frames – she keeps EVERYTHING! It’s hard to leave the house. Marty does his best to look after her and wonders if anything will ever change.

But on Marty’s birthday, Grandad, with a glint in his eye, gifts Marty a very special seed. Grandad hasn’t been this excited since he invented the bum scratcher 2000 or thought he’d brewed wonder fuel from rhubarb leaves! The seed grows bigger and bigger, and launches Grandad, Marty and his best friend Gracie on an impossible, wondrous plan fuelled by love, hopes and dreams.

Perfect for fans of Ross Welford, Jenny Pearson and Lisa Thompson.

Episode 123: Big Kids Book Club Author Interview – Vashti Hardy: Firesong

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Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview.

In this episode, Vashti Hardy returns to talk about her final book in the Brightstorm trilogy, Firesong.

Vashti and I chatted about completing a trilogy, the journey of writing multiple novels, and what she has planned for the world of the Wide next.

Vashti 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 Firesong head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub.
Send us a tweet using the hashtag #Gaiacomp and tell us what animal would be your perfect Sapient companion. 

(UK residents only)

The competition closes midnight on 18th May