September 20, 2023

In episode 121 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 Mins with Alice Pung

Allison spends 10 minutes with award-winning author Alice Pung, chatting about her latest novel ‘Millie Mak The Maker’, writing what you know and young characters with big problems. Plus, Megan has an exercise for educators and Allison has a tip for finishing a writing project.

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Bookmail and TBR pile

Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky’ by Rebecca Lim 

‘Lily Halfmoon: The Magic Gems’ (Lily Halfmoon #1) by Xavier Bonet. Marie Trinchant (Translator)

‘Plume: Christmas Elf’ by Tania McCartney 

‘Copycat’ by Kelli Anne Hawkins

‘Eleanor Jones is not a Murderer’ by Amy Doak

10 Minutes with Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning author, the writer-in-residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.  She is the award-winning, bestselling author of the memoirsUnpolished Gemand ‘Her Father’s Daughter’, the novelsLaurinda’, ‘When Granny Comes to Stay’, ‘Meet Marly’ and One Hundred Days’, the essay collection Close to Home’, picture book ‘Be Careful Xiao Xin’ as well as the editor of the anthologiesGrowing Up Asian in Australia’ and ‘My First Lesson’. Her latest novel ‘Millie Mak The Maker’ is out now.

Quick tips

‘How to Eat a Whale’ by Melanie Conklin


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