Episode 79: 10 Minutes with Adrian Beck

July 9, 2023

In episode 79 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 Minutes with Adrian Beck

Allison spends 10 minutes with author and illustrator Adrian Beck chatting about his latest junior fiction novel ‘Furball: Spy Cat’, while Megan is raving about her bookmail. Plus, we’re talking about podcasts, with a fond farewell and a must-listen!

Books we mention

Click on the links to buy from Booktopia or shop all of the YKNR Podcast recommendations on our dedicated Booktopia page.

Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Accidently Kelly Street’ by Briony Stewart with lyrics by Tim O’Connor

‘You Don’t Know What War Is’ by Yeva Skalietska

‘The Silver Arrow’ and ‘The Golden Swift’ by Lev Grossman 

‘What Makes A Matilda’ from Penguin Random House

‘The Edge Of Limits’ by S. J. Gervay


In 2023, Affirm Press will publish an anthology about teachers and their capacity to shape the lives of those they educate. The collection will be edited by Megan – instructions on how to submit a peice are here.

Ten Minutes with Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck writes, funny, action-packed stories for kids. He is the author of the Derek Dool series, the Champion Charlies series, plus Alien Zoo 1 and 2 and he is the co-author of the Little Legends series with Nicole Hayes plus the Kick it to Nick series with AFL hall-of-famer Shane Crawford. As well as being an author, Adrian is a TV producer and a lover of very bad ‘dad jokes’. His latest book is Furball: Spycat, which is the first in a new series and the first book he has illustrated himself.

Quick tips

Listen to the Sold a Story podcast by Emily Hanford and American Public Media, along with reading ‘Wild Things’.

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