Episode 67: 10 minutes with Melanie La’Brooy

May 27, 2023

In episode 67 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Melanie La’Brooy

Allison interviews Melanie La’Brooy, discussing her first novel for children, The Wintrish Girl. Plus, Allison has tips for authors on the move and Megan is sharing some great advice about why young readers need diverse books.

This episode is brought to you by Football Fever: The Kick-Off by Kristin Darell (Penguin Random House), the first book in a new series in collaboration with the CommBank Matildas and the Socceroos.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Perfect’ by Bluey 

‘Noongar Boodja Waangkan’ by Jayden Boundry and Tyrown Waigana

‘A Taste Adventure with Melissa Leong’ by Melissa Leong. Illustrated by Eleonora Arosio. Cover by Kitiya Palaskas. 

‘Itty Bitty Kitty’ by Maddy Mara. Illustrated by Noemie Gionet Landry

‘Football Fever Football Fever 1: The Kick-off’ by Kristin Darell


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10 minutes with Melanie La’Brooy

Melanie La’Brooy is an Australian author who has previously written five novels for adults, which were published in Australia and internationally. Over the past twelve years she has lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Some of her favourite moments ever include boating down the Zambezi River past giraffes and hippos, seeing the Northern Lights from high up in the Arctic Circle, horse-riding through a snowy forest in Bulgaria, and eating chocolate while sitting on the couch and watching movies with her family at home.

The Wintrish Girl is her first novel for children.

Also, her surname is pronounced La-Broy, like boy but with an r. It’s confusing, she knows. Find out more.



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Interview with Melanie La’Brooy