The Voices from the Middle Podcast is a regular radio show that extends and enriches the content offered in the print and digital pages of the journal. Tune in to learn alongside a team of middle school English/language arts teachers from across the United States as they interview teacher leaders, YA authors, researchers, columnists, classroom teachers, and students, whose voices shape Voices from the Middle and our classrooms.
In this episode, Amy Fleming's students at Elizabethtown Area Middle School in Elizabethtown, PA, speak with author N.H. Senzai. During this interview, Calla, Claire, and Brooke ask N.H. about her inspiration for writing her novel Escape from Aleppo, as well as specific questions related to the culture and conflict in Syria, reading suggestions for students who want to learn more about the Middle East, and N.H. tells us how an accounting major in college became an author of middle grades novels. **We want to give our listeners a heads up that there are some small spoilers in this interview, so you may want to read Escape from Aleppo before listening.
Escape from Aleppo-N.H. Senzai
Zenobia- Morten Dürr
Amal Unbound-Aisha Saeed
In this episode, middle grades author, Alexandra Diaz sat down with some of Julie Inwright’s seventh grade students at Malcolm Bridge Middle School in Bogart, Georgia, to talk about her books The Only Road and The Crossroads, as well her writing practices and her upcoming projects that young readers can look forward to.
The Only Road-Alexandra Diaz
The Crossroads-Alexandra Diaz
Enrique’s Journey-Sonia Nazario
Mamá the Alien-René Colato Laínez
The Red Umbrella-Christina Diaz Gonzalez
In this episode, we have the great distinction to speak with author Jennifer Nielsen, who has written such beloved middle grade books as The False Prince, A Night Divided, and the Traitor’s Game series. She joins our teaching panelists Stacia Long, Gretchen Taylor, and Katherine Sokolowski to talk about her article, "The Arts Built My Future," which appears in the September issue of Voices from the Middle. In addition, Jennifer answers questions about her latest book, Resistance, and provides us with some insight into her writing practices as well as the books that have had the biggest impact on her, both as a reader and a writer.
The False Prince-Jennifer Nielsen
The Traitor’s Game series-Jennifer Nielsen
A Night Divided-Jennifer Nielsen
Dark Deep-Ally Condie
One for the Murphys-Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Fish in a Tree-Lynda Mullaly Hunt
A Wrinkle in Time-Madeleine L’Engle
The Outsiders-S.E. Hinton
In this episode, YA author Nic Stone speaks to our teacher panelists Beth Shaum, Amy Fleming, and Julie Inwright about her acclaimed novel, Dear Martin. In addition, Nic answers questions about the process of publishing the novel, her experiences talking to students, what it was like to be a middle grades student herself, and she shares a sneak peek at some novels we can look forward to from her in the future.
Dear Martin-Nic Stone
Ghost Boys-Jewell Parker Rhodes
I Am Alfonso Jones-Tony Medina
The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas
Jurassic Park-Michael Crichton
Lost World-Michael Crichton
Rising Sun-Michael Crichton
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret-Judy Blume
Wayside School Series-Louis Sachar
Hurricane Child-Kheryn Callender
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World-Ashley Herring Blake
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story-Kheryn Callender
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky-Kwame Mbalia
Odd One Out-Nic Stone