Episode 143: 10 minutes with Victoria Carless

February 7, 2024

In episode 143 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Victoria Carless

Allison spends 10 minutes with Victoria Carless, chatting about her new middle-grade novel Lani and The Universe, science versus nature, and what happens when plans go awry. Plus, Author Swallows Record –  Megan takes on Trent Dalton.

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‘Good Night, Good Beach’ by Joy Cowley. Illustrated by Hilary Jean Tapper

‘Country’ by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson. Illustrated by Cheryl Davison. Publishing 1 May, 2024.

‘Welcome to Our Table: A Celebration of What Children Eat Everywhere’ by Laura Mucha and Harriet Lynas (Illustrator), Ed Smith

The Easter Bunny’s Grandest Egg Hunt by Jess Racklyeft

The Wonder of Little Things by Vince Copley with Lea McInerney (young readers)


10 minutes with Victoria Carless

Victoria CarlessVictoria Carless writes works of fiction and for theatre. Her novel for young adults, The Dream Walker, was published in 2017 and nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards.

Gus and The Starlight, a middle-grade novel, was published in 2022, and Lani and The Universe is out now. 



Lani and The Universe by Victoria CarlessLani Scrub has a plan: study hard and become a world-renowned scientist like her hero, Kit Galway, who wrote The Meaning of the Universe.

The plan is ruined when Lani’s mum decides to ‘find herself’ by joining a nature-loving community called Passing Waters.

Lani should have known things were up when they got backyard chickens.

At Passing Waters Lani fails every test thrown her way – despite coaching from nine-year-old nature kid Lentil and a chef/astronomer named Meadow.

Turns out failing is hard, and what’s worse is their tree change is making her question the meaning of the universe …

And when the community’s future is threatened, will Lani Scrub pitch in to save the day?

From the author of Gus and the Starlight comes an inspiring story about opening your mind and sharing your heart.

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Victoria’s Recommended Read

Millie Mak The Maker by Alice Pung and Sher Rill Ng


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The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

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The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley



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Victoria Carless author interview