Episode 58: Ten Minutes with Shirley Marr

April 28, 2023

In episode 58 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 Minutes with Shirley Marr

Allison spends 10 minutes with author Shirley Marr, discussing her new novel All Four Quarters of The Moon, what it feels like to be on the 2022  CBCA Book of the Year shortlist, and why writing is like sliding doors and windows.

Plus, wonderful new #bookmail, including three picks  for NAIDOC Week, and Megan’s tips for choosing class group novels.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Comet’ by Joe Todd-Stanton 

‘The Shop Train’ by Josie Wowolla Boyle. Illustrated by Paul Seden 

‘Open Your Heart to Country’ by Jasmine Seymour 

‘luwa tara luwa waypa’ by Dave mangenner Gough

‘Rita’s Revenge’ by Lian Tanner


NAIDOC week – a time to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s First Nations peoples.

Teachers’ Notes for ‘The Shop Train’ 

Teachers’ Notes for ‘Open Your Heart to Country’

Support Megan’s ‘Out of Print’ 30km Coastrek team with a donation here – they are walking a really, really long way to support the three million people in Australia living with anxiety and depression, and those affected by suicide.

Ten Minutes with Shirley Marr

Shirley Marr is an award winning children’s author and a first generation Chinese-Australian living in sunny Perth. Her titles are All Four Quarters of the Moon, A Glasshouse of Stars, Little Jiang, Preloved and Fury. A Glasshouse of Stars is shortlisted for the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers.

In this interview, we discuss All Four Quarters Of The Moon.

Quick tips

What does it mean to read widely? by Allison Tait

Question from our Facebook community: My school has given the upper primary team $1000 to spend on books to use in our English groups. We’d like to get a selection of novels and high quality picture books to create sets to be used in book clubs and teacher group sessions.

Megan’s Recommends

‘My Brother Ben’ by Peter Carnavas
‘Wednesday Weeks’ series by Cristy Burne and Denis Knight
‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker. Illustrated by Jon Klassen
‘The Little Wave’ by Pip Harry
‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ by Shirley Marr
‘Bindi’ by Kirli Saunders and Dub Leffler
‘Vincent and the Gandest Hotel on Earth’ by Lisa Nicol
‘Turtle Trackers’ (and others in series) by Samantha Wheeler
‘Pie in the Sky’ by Remy Lai
‘As Fast As I Can’ by Penny Tangey 


This episode is brought to you by ‘All Four Quarters Of The Moon’  by Shirley Marr, out now with Penguin Books Australia. Find out more here.

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Interview with Shirley Marr