Episode 36 - The End is Nigh(ish)

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Bren MacDibble was raised on farms all over New Zealand before travelling the world and finally settling in Melbourne. After 20 years in Melbourne, Bren recently sold everything, and now lives and works in a bus travelling around Australia.


Bren's first novel was young adult science fiction novel, In the Dark Spaces, which she published under the pen name Cally Black. In the Dark Spaces won the Ampersand Prize for an unpublished manuscript, and, once published, went on to win the New Zealand Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, an Aurealis Award and the Queensland Literary Award Griffiths University Young Adult Book Award. 


In 2018, How to Bee - Bren's first novel for younger readers - won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature, and the New Zealand Book Awards Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction.


Bren's most recent novel is The Dog Runner.


Find out more about Bren at:

Website: macdibble.com 

Twitter: twitter.com/MacDibble

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macdibble

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cally_black


Books by Bren MacDibble:

In The Dark Spaces 

(under the name Cally Black)

Kids Capers - Kids radio in on Deborah Abela


After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail … twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write twenty-six books including the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her dad who was born in a cave during one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War II. The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and its sequel, The Most Marvelous International Bee, were inspired by her grade four teacher, Miss Gray. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters. 


Find out more about Deb at:

Website - deborahabela.com

Facebook - facebook.com/deborah.abela.9

Instagram - @deborah_abela_

Teacher's Notes for FINAL STORM: www.penguin.com.au/content/resources/TR_FinalStorm.pdf

Thanks to our awesome kids - Phoebe, Charlotte, Scarlett, Indiah and Serena...

Whatcha Readin?


Kate recommends Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay, published by Walker Books.



Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros

Liz recommends Ella and the Ocean written by Lian Tanner and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, published via Allen and Unwin.


Truly Tan Jen Storer

Nat recommends Duck, Duck, Moose by Lucinda Gifford and published by Allen & Unwin.

allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/picture-books/Duck-Duck-Moose and

Allergic Alpaca, written by Kiah Thomas, illustrated by Connah Brecon and published by Hardie Grant Egmont.



This episode, Liz gives a shoutout to an amazing new book just out through Hardie Grant Egmont called Welcome to your Period. It’s by media personality Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa Kang, otherwise known as THE Dolly Doctor!


On Our Radar


On Nat's radar this episode is this year's Australian Reading Hour


This Thursday, September 19 2019, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. The aim is for Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, escape and relax.



Competition Details

Today, on our very last day on this Earth, we are hereby giving away signed copies of The Quest Diaries of Max Crack by Jules Faber and The Final Storm by Deborah Abela.


And as if that’s not enough, we also have an original Jules Faber cartoon (see below!) based on the actual events of this apocalypse! May they live on long after we are gone. 


Head to our WIN page and simply tell us what book you’d read on your last day on Earth. Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 24th September to be in the running. 

Other Bits & Pieces

Jules Faber tells us all about his AWESOME new book The Quest Diaries of Max Crack, published by Pan MacMillan.




Buried treasure, new school, doodles, peanut butter and honey toast, best friends, horrible blobs, mysteries, Meddlyslop, spelling bees (hard words, harder words), more doodles, comics, World War Undies ... this book has it ALL.


To illustrator Marianne Khoo (and her assistant Max) for designing the One More Page podcast logo and other associated images.

And to our sound editor Adam Orlowski for his wonderful audio genius - check out his other work at www.aosd.tk

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