Happily Ever Afterlife – RWYK Christmas Special 2017

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Meet Orli Zuravicky, A Scholastic editor & A Children’s Book Author

M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S  everyone! First off, we would like to wish all the listeners of the Reading with Your Kid Podcast a very happy festive season and a great year ahead. In today’s episode, we are delighted to welcome Orli Zuravicky, a writer and a senior editor of children’s publishing at Scholastic.

Orli is joining us to talk about her charming new middle grade series Happily Ever Afterlife. In our exciting interview Jed and Orli discuss her writing process, What inspires her writing, Writing for middle grade audience, Her editing projects at scholastic, Future books in the Happily Ever Afterlife series and more. Be sure to tune in!


Here’s more information about Orli Zuravicky

Orli ZuravickyOrli Zuravicky is a writer, an editor, and an amateur interior designer, which basically means she likes to paint stuff in her apartment. She grew up in a small suburb of Albany, New York, where the most exciting thing to do as a teenager was park somewhere illegally. She is one of four sisters, which has offered her plenty of fodder for her writing. After high school, she moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, Columbia University, where she double majored in Psychology and English and got rejected from the Poetry department. She always loved writing, but it wasn’t until a few years after graduation that she started writing fiction and taking it seriously. Her first original board book, Mister Doodle: C Is for City, came out in 2011, followed shortly by the second book in the series, Mister Doodle: A Color for Sketch. Happily Ever Afterlife is her first middle-grade series.

Orli lives her happily ever after (life) in Brooklyn, NY, and works full-time as a Senior Editor in children’s publishing.

More about Ghostcoming! (Happily Ever Afterlife #1)

Lucy has just joined the afterlife, and as a brand-new ghost she’s mostly see-through, not able to stand or sit normally, stuck in the ballet clothes she was wearing before she crossed over…and stuck in middle school. Can’t a ghost get a break?

But then the cutest (ghost) boy she’s ever seen turns out to be her very own guide to school, and things start looking brighter. Maybe she’s not quite solid yet, but Lucy is definitely going to make this the best afterlife ever!


More about Crushed (Happily Ever Afterlife #2)

Lucy is ready for her next challenge at Limbo Central Middle School: joining a club. Or actually, forming one. Lucy and her best friend Cecily were awesome ballet dancers in life, so obviously they can start a Dance Club in the afterlife!

Not according to Georgia Sinclaire. The head of the Cheerleading squad wants to forbid cheerleaders from even trying out for Lucy and Cecily’s club.

Who knew starting a Dance Club would be all about drama?


In this interview, you’ll hear

  • Orli reads out an excerpt from her book
  • More about Happily Ever Afterlife series and what inspired the stories and the main characters
  • Orli’s passion for writing for middle grade children and writing stories that deals with some of the major issues middle grade kids deal with
  • Listen in as Orli discusses her StoryPlay series and explains these books are perfect for parents looking to stimulate and engage their kids at home while having fun together. you can find out more about Story Play on http://storystartshere.scholastic.com
  • Learn more about upcoming books in the Happily Ever Afterlife series and some great words of wisdom from an Australian children’s book author Mem Fix.


So, there you have it. We’re sure you’ve enjoyed learning about Orli’s writing journey from her as much as we did! If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please rate and review our show in iTunes and share it by clicking the social media buttons at the bottom of this page!

You can learn more about Orli & her books by visiting

Her website: https://www.orlizuravicky.com

Happily Ever Afterlife Facebook page

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Orli-Zuravicky/e/B001JS6RF4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Twitter: @ozsaidso


Thanks for listening,

All the very best for the holiday period, and we’ll be back with plenty more (useful) content in 2018!



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