Episode 159: 10 minutes with Anna Battese

May 29, 2024

In episode 159 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Anna Battese

Allison interviews author Anna Battese about the latest book in her PD McPEM’S AGENCY FOR MYSTERIOUS MYSTERIES series, writing satisfying mysteries for very young readers and adding sharks and red herrings. Plus, Megan is raving about a new picture book AND a YA fantasy novel. 


Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Marringa Lullaby’ by Emily Wurramara and Sylvia Wurramarrba Tkac. Illustrated by Dylan Mooney. 

This is MY Book’ by Tim Harris. Illustrated by Heidi McKinnon

‘Liar’s Test’ by Ambelin Kwaymullina 

Fluff, Mess Up! by Matt Stanton

Showerland: Feel The Freeze by Nat Amoore and James Hart

Willa and Woof: Camp Chaos by Jacqueline Harvey, illustrated by A. Yi



10 minutes with Anna Battese


Anna Battese PD McPem MysteriesAnna Battese describes herself as a bookworm, baker and children’s book maker, who used to be a marine biologist.

Her first junior fiction series PD McPem’s Agency for Mysterious Mysteries is published by Yellow Brick Books, and the third book in the series The Baffling Beach Bandit, illustrated by Ruth-Mary Smith, is out on 19 June. 

Find out more. 






Author interview Anna BatteseAbout PD McPem’s Agency for Mysterious Mysteries: The Baffling Beach Bandit

Dive into the sandy shores with PD McPem in an unforgettable beach adventure!

PD and her classmates are all set for a day of sun and sea, but the excitement takes an unexpected turn when they discover somebody has sunk the lifeboats.

As Detective PD McPem and her team investigate, they unravel a trail of chaos – bananas missing, food scattered, and the bell from Mr Li’s ice cream trike is missing.

The culprit? A brown shaggy dog, according to a witness.

Can PD and her friends find the real rascal before Scooter gets the blame? Grab your detective gear and get ready for a beach day like no other!


Anna’s recommendations

Everything under the moon, edited by Michael Earp (YA)

Seven Wherewithal Way by Samantha-Ellen Bound (MG)


Quick tips

Megan’s blog post about ‘Searching For Cicadas’ by Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson


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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Interview with Anna Battese, author of the PD McPem's Mystery series on Your Kid's Next Read podcast