Episode 71: 10 Minutes with Nova Weetman

June 1, 2023

In episode 71 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 Minutes with Nova Weetman

Allison spends 10 minutes with award-winning author Nova Weetman, while Megan has some tips for helping young readers take action when they find a book they love. Plus, a new magazine that kids (and adults) will love and Allison is shining a spotlight on a special book you may have missed.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Flight Magazine’ by Paperbird

‘Mia: Through My Eyes – Australian Disaster Zones’ by Dianne Wolfer. Edited by Lyn White. 

‘The Incredible Human Body’ by Anna Brett 

‘Shoestring: the boy who walks on air’ by Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

‘Willa and Woof: Birthday Business’ by Jacqueline Harvey 



Teacher’ Notes for ‘Mia: Through My Eyes – Australian Disaster Zones’ 


10 Minutes with Nova Weetman

Nova Weetman is the author of many middle grade and young adult novels. The Secrets We Keep was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards and the ABIA Awards.

The sequel, ‘The Secrets We Share’, was a 2018 CBCA Notable Book and won the KROC Kids Reading Oz Choice Awards, NT – Best Fiction for Years 7 to 9.

Nova’s middle grade novel ‘Sick Bay’ was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the ABIA Awards. In 2022, ‘The Edge of Thirteen’ was shortlisted for the ABIAs Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year and was a CBCA Notable Book: Younger Readers.

Nova is a firm YKNR favourite and Megan potentially has Nova Weetman issues – cannot get enough of her writing and speaking.


Quick tips

Allison spoke about her Youtube channel where she is building a collection of clips of all her Quick Tips!

Following on from episode 67 of the podcast where she spoke about books as mirrors, windows and sliding doors, this week Megan suggested we commit to helping young people to take action where a book that a child has read has inspired or moved them. In‘Mia: Through My Eyes – Australian Disaster Zones’, there is talk about being a Citizen Scientist. Citizen Science basically turn curiosity into impact – check it out here.

You may also like to get involved in the Aussie Bird Count or the Wild Pollinator Count.

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