Episode 160: 10 minutes with Catherine Doyle

June 5, 2024

In episode 160 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Catherine Doyle

Allison chats to bestselling author Catherine Doyle about her new, stand-alone fantasy novel PIRATES OF DARKSEA, sibling relationships, and dealing with the hard stuff. Plus, Megan has tips about creating anthologies and Allison survives the leadlighting workshop.


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 ‘Detective Beans and the Case of the MIssing Hat’ by Li Chen

‘Milly’s Family Fun’ and Zorro’s Tasty Treatby Sally Rippin, illustrated by Chris Kennett

‘Ming and Ada Spark the Digital Age by Jackie French 

‘Reading to Baby’ by Margaret Wild and Hannah Sommerville




10 minutes with Catherine Doyle


Interview Catherine Doyle Your Kid's Next Read podcastCatherine Doyle holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Publishing and is the author of numerous award-winning books,, which have been published in more than 25 languages. ​

Her middle-grade novels include the STORM KEEPER trilogy, THE MIRACLE ON EBENEZER STREET, and THE LOST GIRL KING, while her YA ‘Twin Crowns’  trilogy, co-authored with Katherine Webber, is a bestseller.

We had a chat about her latest middle-grade novel, PIRATES OF DARKSEA.

Find out more about Catherine. 




Pirates of DArksea by Catherine DoyleAbout ‘Pirates of Darksea

From the award-winning author of The Storm Keeper’s Island, set sail on Catherine Doyle’s latest perilous adventure to the magical islands of Darksea

Deep in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, where the full moon rests on the horizon, lies a secret kingdom called Darksea. Ruled by the Pirate King, Captain O’Malley, Darksea’s tranquil waters have, of late, been haunted by an invisible and deadly monster – a monster that is eating the once-beautiful islands in gigantic bites.

On the other side of the horizon, at his home in Galway, Max Reid and his family are battling a different monster. His big brother Christopher is in hospital and getting sicker – and his parents have begun to talk of miracles.

Then one night a loud, bright red parrot taps on Max’s bedroom window, carrying an invitation from the pirate king. Captain O’Malley needs a new crew member for a dangerous quest; and the reward is everything Max has been hoping for.

But in Darksea, not everyone is as they seem. When Captain O’Malley’s secret threatens to upend their mission and destroy Max’s chance to help his family, Max realises he’s going to have to navigate much more than he bargained for…


Catherine’s recommendations

Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell

Geomancer: In The Shadow Of The Wolf Queen by Kiran Millwood Hargrave



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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