Episode 157: 10 minutes with Deborah Abela

May 15, 2024

In episode 157 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Deborah Abela

Allison interviews author Deborah Abela about her new middle-grade verse novel THE KINDNESS PROJECT, going where the writing takes you and the joy (or not) of group projects. Plus, Megan’s new favourite junior fiction series, writing workshops, and more.


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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Three Dresses’ by Wanda Gibson  (UQP Teachers’ Notes)

‘Sharkman and Blowfish: World Domination’ by David Woodland

‘A Way Home’ by Emily Brewin 

‘Where is the Green Sheep?’ by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek (20th Anniversary Edition)

‘Grey’ by Laura Dockrill and Lauren Child



Tim Harris’s Primary Writers (Sydney)



10 minutes with Deborah Abela


author interview Deborah AbelaDeborah Abela is the author of 30 internationally published and awarded books, including the Max Remy series, her climate change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the 2023 CBCA Notable, The Book of Wondrous Possibilities.

THE KINDNESS PROJECT is her latest novel.



the kindness project verse novelAbout The Kindness Project

Ms Skye thinks kids can change the world
with a Kindness Project.
Nicolette wants to
but how can she
when Layla treats her like she’s invisible
and DJ picks on everything she says?
Leaf thinks Nicolette can be a
So maybe
if they work together
they just might do it.

A heartwarming story about four kids who overcome their differences and take on the world.


Deb’s recommendations

Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell

The Sideways Orbit of Evie Hart by Samera Kamaleddine

Outlaw Girls by Nova Weetman and Emily Gale


Quick tips

ABIA award winners

Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation

Sally Rippin’s Events Updates


Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

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

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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Author interview Deborah Abela