Our Story

We are two emerging authors who read a lot of middle-grade books. We are also parents of children who read a lot of books. On top of this, Julie works in childhood literacy and Pamela volunteers in her kids’ school library. We are around children’s books, well, a lot.

So when Julie asked Pamela if she was interested in creating a podcast for reviewing those middle-grade books, what else could Pamela say except, “heck yes!”?

And so, Middle-Grade Mavens was born.

Most of the books we review are ones we have purchased or sourced from our local library or Little Free Library (they are fantastic, those!). We do not profit from affiliate links and our podcast is not monetized. We might have done that if we could, but we’re working mums and… we just don’t have time.  From time to time we do accept new-release books from publishers because we want to read them and because we want to support local authors but please don’t offer to send us a book unless you are an established Australian publishing house publishing great books for children.

If you know a librarian, teacher, parent or even a bookshop that is looking for book recommendations, please pass on our details, leave a recommendation on our Facebook Page or write us a review in iTunes.

About Julie

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A self-confessed science fiction nerd and cupcake enthusiast, Julie is the author of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, as well as quirky historical middle-grade fiction, zany time wrangling junior fiction adventures and funny picture books with STEM themes. Represented by Danielle Binks, of Jacinta di Mase Literary Management, she lives in Melbourne and is hoping to perfect her gluten-free apple/cinnamon/peanut butter cupcake recipe to take the world by storm.

About Pamela

Pamela grew up as much in Avonlea and Narnia as in England but she eventually moved to Melbourne and the real world, where she became a software developer and dance teacher. But that little girl who loved books was still inside and trying to get out.  She eventually did get out (it was messy) and set about writing poetry and books for children – everything from picture books to middle-grade novels.  She particularly loves writing humour, fantasy and rhyme. In 2018, she published her absolutely-hilarious-not-scary-at-all chapter book for reluctant readers, Zombies Alive! and is published in three short-story anthologies. Pamela also reviews books for the CBCA publication Reading Time and volunteers in a school library.  Her greatest loves are her family, her collection of smelly old books and her other collection of even-smellier old ballet shoes.