Episode 164: 10 minutes with Belinda Murrell

July 3, 2024

In episode 164 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Belinda Murrell

Allison interviews popular children’s author Belinda Murrell about her new junior fiction series THE DAREDEVIL PRINCESS, her long career and writing in a changing world. Plus, details of our exciting special event


Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Hooray, Hooray It’s Library Day’ by Julie Anne Grasso. Illustrated by Heath McKenzie 

‘Ratbags: Dummy Spit’ by Tim Harris. Illustrated by Shiloh Gordon 

‘My Brother, Finch’ by Kate Gordon 

Marion and The FortyThievesby Sarah Luke (illustrations by Martina Heiduczek)

Ash Barty Tennis Camp Diaries: Doubles Disaster by Ash Barty, Jasmin McGaughey and Jade Goodwin




10 minutes with Belinda Murrell


Interview with Belinda MurrellBelinda Murrell is the award winning, internationally published author of more than 20 books for children, including the Pippa’s Island series, The Lost Sapphire (and six other popular timeslip novels), fantasy novels The Golden Tower and The Silver Sea, and the Lulu Bell junior fiction series.

Her new junior fiction series The Daredevil Princess is out now, and illustrated by Rebecca Crane.

 Find out more about Belinda Murrell.





Belinda Murrell The Daredevil PrincessAbout  The Daredevil Princess series

A royally fun junior fiction series filled with magic, adventure and daring . . . and a very sassy unicorn.

Princess Tillie is brave and bold, clever and curious, daring and very determined.

Which is just as well because there is trouble in the Queendom of Blumenfeld. A sneaky thief has been stealing the royal roses. The Summer Harvest Festival will be a disaster!

Princess Tillie sets out to trap the thief and solve the mystery, with the help of King Edwin’s latest invention. But a sassy, golden unicorn called Honey Blossom turns everything upside down.

Can Princess Tillie and Honey Blossom save the day?

Find out about the four books in The Daredevil Princess series here. 


Belinda’s recommendation

KOALA awards shortlist

YABBA awards shortlist

Showerland (series) by Nat Amoore

The Book of Wondrous Possibilities by Deborah Abela

Ella at Eden by Laura Sieveking


Quick tips

Don’t miss our special Raising Wild Readers Event, live on Zoom!

Megan Daley in conversation with Sally Rippin, the 2024/25 Australian Children’s Laureate, for an in-depth discussion about: 

  • the role of the Australian Children’s Laureate,
  • improving literacy outcomes in Australia, 
  • the so-called ‘Reading Wars’ and 
  • how to foster a love of literature in young readers of all types

The Australian Children’s Laureate is an initiative developed by the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF).

All details and tickets here (note, you must register to receive the Zoom link on the day).


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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Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.

Author interview with Belinda Murrell