Podcast Episode #40: #YASquad2016

March 22, 2016 Podcast 1


Welcome to the fortieth episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

We recorded this episode after the Penguin Teen Australia’s #YASquad2016 event in Brisbane. We discuss the authors we met there, plus give a quick update on what we’ve been reading, watching and listening to. CAUTION: Mild spoilers for City of Bones. Listen at your peril. This episode was recorded on March 18th, 2016.

Make sure you keep listening right to the end to hear some five-year-olds talking about their favourite superheroes (yes the puppy also had a Wonder Woman costume on)!

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear your feedback – anything you would like us to talk about in particular? Just let us know!

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Our title music is titled Sea of Dreams and has been used with the kind permission of the composer, Bart Stoop. You can hear more of Bart’s beautiful music at facebook.com/BartStoop.

Penguin Teen Australia’s #YASquad2016

Brisbane’s #YASquad event was held at Brisbane Square Library on March 18. Thanks Penguin Australia for a fantastic event! Felicity is moving on from PTA but you can still follow her at @flossaus and @flossthefangirl.

The four books by the authors at the event tonight were:


Yellow by Megan Jacobson
If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.

Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd.

All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?

Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour.



The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier
I hate the label Selective Mutism – as if I choose not to speak, like a child who refuses to eat broccoli. I’ve used up every dandelion wish since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I’m starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions.

After losing her best friend that night, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West: school captain, star soccer player, the boy everyone talks about. Despite her fear of losing everything all over again, Piper falls in love – and West with her – without Piper ever speaking one word to him. But will it last?

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…

When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own.

Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.


Other Books and TV shows mentioned

OzYay show on ABC Local Radio across Australia and online, with Rhianna Patrick and Jeann Wong

Take Control of Your TBR challenge in March

Supanova Gold Coast – April 8-10 – Maria V Snyder will be there!

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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